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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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The Rules of Golf Illustrated - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1905 - Perrier, London - First Edition
A superb large (27 x 37 cm) folio.

The first edition of Crombie’s well known and oft reprinted humorous interpretations of twenty four rules of golf, each accompanied by a quote from Shakespeare, Lang, Chaucer, etc. The twenty four full colour chromolithograph plates are bound in the publisher’s original green cloth boards lettered in red and black.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with bottle labels to the verso of each illustration.
 
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Polo at Home and Abroad - T. F. Dale ‘Stoneclink’ (editor)

1915 - The London & Counties Press Association Ltd, London - Subscribers Edition, No. 59 of 150 copies
Possibly the most important and detailed work on Polo to be published, covering the history polo, techniques, ponies, the state of the game throughout the world, including details of overseas clubs in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, tournaments, and rules.

This large leather bound volume is also magnificently illustrated with six mounted colour plates after water-colours by G. D. Armour, specially executed for this work, seven black and white photogravure plates, and forty black and white photographic plates.

‘It is amazing that no attempt dedicated to a history of polo in Britain has been undertaken since the Reverend Thomas Francis Dale wrote his monumental
Polo at Home and Abroad in 1915. This handsome book set the bar for future historians extraordinarily high’ – Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in Britain [2012]. 
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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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James Braid - Bernard Darwin

1952 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of the biography of James Braid (1870-1950), Scottish professional golfer, and one of the 'Great Triumvirate' of British golfers in the early 20th century alongside Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor. Braid was also a renowned golf course architect sometimes referred to as the inventor of the dogleg. Illustrated with three black and white plates.

A warm and sympathetic biography of this great Scottish golfer, whose influence on the game stemmed from more than just an ability to play it well.’ – 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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A Racing Motorist - His Adventure at the Wheel in Peace and War - S.C.H “Sammy” Davis

1949 - Iliffe and Sons, London - First Edition
The autobiography of the legendary S C H Davis (1887-1981), covering his early days, through the Bentley Years, to his Second World War exploits. Illustrated with 32 photographs.

One of the most popular and enduring figures in the history of British motor sport, known to friends and fans as Sammy, universally remembered for his heroic, glorious victory for Bentley at Le Mans in 1927. Born in the 1880s, he experienced and was involved in the earliest days of motoring before going off to the First World War in 1914. Though injured, he survived the War and in 1919 joined the staff of
The Autocar, as Sports Editor writing and sketching under the pen-name 'Casque'. In the 1920s he earned a reputation as a fast, reliable and intelligent driver in competition, showing a profound sympathy and understanding of machinery. He worked with and drove for Aston Martin (for whom he later designed their famous winged badge’), Brooklands AC racing team, Austen and Alvis, amongst others. This activity, along with journalism, continued into the 1950s. When hostilities broke out again in 1939, though now in his 50s and too old to enlist, he was able to wrangle his way into the war, and served through to 1945. 
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1956 - Frederick Muller Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Sammy’ Davis, legendary Bentley Le Mans winner, and erudite editor of The Autocar, rightly focusses almost solely with what Mercedes-Benz did in racing. ‘It is very easy reading, dramatised in places as no pure historian would venture to do, and gaining here and there little tit-bits of information because Davis was present at many of the races he describes’ (Motorsport 1945).

First edition, illustrated with 24 photographs, and in a nice sharp dust jacket,
 
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