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Two Years Before The Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Edw. W. Wilson (illustrator)

1930 - The Lakeside Press, Chicago - Limited edition of 1, 000 copies
‘Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health; he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service, as well as the best account of the hide and tallow trade in California.’ Together with its clear picture of California in the years prior to the influx of American settlers in the 1840’s, Two Years Before The Mast is considered invaluable for its descriptions of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. ‘Dana later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, was nominated to the Court of Saint James, and legally represented any negroes arrested in Boston pro-bono.’

A superb, and unopened copy. Designed by Alfred deSauty with stunning illustrations and cloth binding with gilt motifs designed by Edw. A. Wilson who was also provided the thirty seven coloured plates and in text illustrations.
 
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Golf Between Two Wars - Bernard Darwin

1944 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of Darwin’s recollections of the great golf and golfers, champions and championships, covering two of the most interesting decades in the history of the game. The 1920s and ‘30s were a time when, Darwin realised upon reflection, 'almost everything happened'. Illustrated with nineteen black and white photographs.

‘One of Mr. D’s most famous books’ – Joseph S. F. Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.

Golf’s finest scribe, Bernard Darwin, whose grandfather was Charles Darwin, never trained as a journalist. He studied law at Cambridge, but was unhappy as a Barrister. "Once Darwin dipped his toe into golf writing, the reports he produced regularly for The Times of London over a 45 year period and his ruminative essays for the weekly Country Life possessed a quality that no one else has ever approached." –
Herbert Warren Wind. 
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The Scarlet Car - Richard Harding Davis

1907 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
For a long time it had been arranged they all should go to the Harvard and Yale game in Winthrop’s car...

A near fine first edition of this vintage motoring murder mystery, in the rare dust jacket. With twelve full page illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele (1873-1944) who was best known for his illustrations of Sherlock Holmes (Steele was the man who introduced Holmes’ Deerstalker and Calabash pipe).

The basis for the 1917 American silent drama film directed by Joe De Grasse and featuring Lon Chaney.

‘”Shall be together.” he quoted, “breathe and ride. So, one day more am I deified; who knows but the world may end to-night?”’”If you don’t stop this car quick,” she said, “the world will end for all of us.”’
 
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A History of the Shanghai Paper Hunt Club 1863-1930 - C. Noel Davis

1930 - Kelly and Walsh Limited, Shanghai - First Edition
A remarkable insight into one of the important social events in Shanghai, from the late 1800s through to the 1930s. Introduced by the British, frustrated by the lack of animals for a proper hunt, the paper hunt involved one horseman who would ride ahead of the others to act as the hunted prey, marking the trail with coloured paper. One of the main rules was that only Mongolian ponies were accepted as a valid ride.

The list of participants and winners is a veritable who’s-who of influential traders, bankers and diplomats. Founded in the 1860s in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64), the Club thrived through revolutions, warlord control, communist insurgency and suppression, the Japanese occupation and civil war.

Containing anecdotes, poems, songs, black and white photographs including a long fold-out panorama photogrpha by Ah Fong of the
Meet of the Christmas hunt 1929, drawings and cartoons by Edmund Toeg (including a colour fold-out of the winners of the hunt challenge cup 1910-30).

Complete with six large-scale folding maps of the riding and hunting country.
 
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The Art of the Tennis- Racket Maker, and of Tennis, Originally Published in French in 1767, and Now Translated Into English for the first time by Catherine W. Leftwich - Francois Alexander Pierre De Garsault

1977 - Racquet Sports Information Service, Baltimore - Limited Edition - 723 of 750 copies
‘From a historical viewpoint ‘L’Art du paumier-raquetier at de la paume’ by Francois A. deGarsault is one of the most valuable works available on the early history of tennis. At the time of publication this book contained the most detailed descriptions available on every aspect of the game of tennis.’

This is a nicely produced limited edition of a scarce privately printed book from 1938, with new introduction, reproductions of the five original plates from the 1767 edition, and a black and white frontispiece showing the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island to which this limited edition is dedicated.
 
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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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Silk and Scarlet - with - The Post and the Paddock, with Recollections of George IV., Sam Chifney, and other Turf Celebrities - Henry Hall Dixon ‘The Druid’

1880 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - Revised and Re-edited Editions with Steel Engravings
Two finely bound volumes in hunting colours, formerly the property of Captain Robert Bingham Brassey of the 17th Lancers.

Racing anecdotes, and turf reminiscences, illustrated with steel engraved frontispieces, extra steel engraved title pages, five steel engravings (one folding), and engraved vignette.

Henry Hall Dixon (1822-70) was an English sporting writer known by his nom de plume, "The Druid.", educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He took up the profession of the law, but, though called to the bar in 1853, soon returned to sporting journalism, in which he had already made a name for himself, and began to write regularly for the
Sporting Magazine. Both these works first appeared in part in the magazine before being published as separate books. 
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On Lawn Tennis - R.F. & H.L. Doherty

1903 - Lawn Tennis, London - First Edition
An important early work by the two dominant players of the late 19th and early 20th century, “Reggie” won the Wimbledon singles four times, his younger brother “Laurie” or “Little Do” then won five times, together they won the doubles eight times. Laurie was the first player to win a Grand Slam tournament by winning the US Championships in 1903. Illustrated throughout with 29 full page photographic plates and two diagrams.  
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