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Unexplored Spain - Abel Chapman, Walter J. Buck

1910 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
An excellent copy of this influential work on Spain and its wildlife, with chapters on the historic hunting ground of Coto Doñana, Andalusia’s big game, wildfowl and wild geese, the Spanish bull fight, flamingoes, wild camels, the highlands of Asturias, Valencia, and sketches of Spanish bird life, together with an account of the Spanish ibex, which Chapman would go on to save from extinction.

Profusely illustrated throughout with 209 full page black and white plates and in text illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was gifted by Heatley Noble, renowned ornithologist, author, and one of the half dozen best shots at Grouse and driven Pheasant in the kingdom during the early 1900’s.
 
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Down in the Sumps - with - Unbalanced Cranks - W.H. Charnock

1951 - By the Author, Sussex - First Editions
The inimitable W.H. Charnock, the motoring man’s poet laureate.

On this grid are 51 poems to the joy and nostalgia of the motor vehicle, such as:
Combustio ad Infernum; Club Handicap - Silverstone; The Continental Boys; Bore Wise, Piston Foolish; Elegy For Cleaning Rags; Hill Climb, 1921; Bat Out of Hell; Salute to Bentley Drivers; S.T.D. and O.P.

An extremely rare and vintage duo in concours condition, harder to find than a brace of Blower Bentleys.
 
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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 - Signed - Glenna Collett, James M. Neville

1928 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Signed in 1929 by Glenna Collett 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 and final time.

A fine autobiography by the dominant American female golfer of the first half of the 20th century, nicknamed the female Bobby Jones, as much for her composure and sportsmanship as for her astonishing achievements. Full of lively anecdotes and opinions, numerous photographs on 27 plates. With a foreword by Bobby Jones.

To make oneself a successful match player, there are certain qualities to be sought after, certain ideas must be kept in mind and certain phases of one's attitude towards the game that come in for special notice. The three I have taken are these: love of combat, serenity of mind and fearlessness

‘Glenna Collett Vare (1903-1989) won six U.S., two Canadian, and one French Women's Amateur Championships. In her day there was no professional women's tour. The LPGA’s Vare trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average, is awarded in her honour.’ -
World Golf Hall of Fame.

Glenna was the first woman to attack the hole rather than just to play to the green’ - Former USGA president Richard Tufts. 
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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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Climbing and Exploration in the Karakoram-Himalayas - William Martin Conway, A. D. McCormick (illustrator)

1894 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
The Karakoram is a range of mountains approximately 200 miles long, lying to the north of the western edge of the Himalayan chain, and spanning the borders of Pakistan, India, and China. It is the most heavily glaciated region in the world excepting the polar areas. South of the main crest lies a secondary line of peaks. Conway led the first mountaineering expedition to the region in 1892. They surveyed the Hispar and Baltero glaciers and climbed the 23,000 ft (6,550 metre) Pioneer Peak, achieving a height record. Conway was knighted for his efforts.

Mountains that have no names I have named myself, for the purposes of this book and map, applying descriptive designations to them and never the names of persons. I have not called “K.2” Mount Godwin-Austen, greatly though I appreciate that officer’s work. I wished to name the mountain Watchtower, but as any alternative designation seemed to give offence, where none was intended, I have confined myself to the letter and number of the Indian Atls’ - Conway, in his preface, explaining his reason for naming the legendary 28,251 ft (8,611 metre) peak K2.

This is a fine and thus scarce first edition of his account of the expedition, over 700 pages illustrated with a folding map and 300 black and white sketches, photographs and diagrams. A cornerstone of Himalayan mountaineering literature.
 
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