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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 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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1890 - Richard Bentley & Son, London - First Edition with Twelfth Earl of Dundonald’s Sequel.
Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhão (1775-1860), probably the greatest naval commander of his time, and possibly all time. Napoleon called him 'The Sea Wolf'. The man on which Forester modelled Horatio Hornblower, and the plot of Master and Commande and two other novels by Patrick O'Brian are taken directly from events in Cochcrane’s career.

Illustrated with eleven engraved plates, and four charts (two of which are folding).

‘there is no man I envy so much as Lord Cochrane’ - Lord Byron

‘History can produce few examples of such a man or of such achievements. There have been greater heroes because there have been heroes with greater opportunities, but no soldier or sailor of modern times ever displayed a more extraordinary capacity than the man who now lies dead.' -
The Times, 1860. 
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A History of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews from 1754-1900 - Harry Sterling Crawfod Everard

1907 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition with gilt lettering to front board.
The first written history of St. Andrews Golf Club and, as Murdoch states, ‘a monumental effort of original research and one that is most readable, even today.’ The illustrations include some of the first in colour of golf.

A near fine and partially unopened, thus rare copy of what is regarded as the cornerstone of any serious collection of golf books, illustrated with 32 plates from photographs and paintings, together with 9 colour plates. In the finest binding variant showing gilt lettering on the front (not the cheaper black lettering).

This copy with the armourial bookplate of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet DSO PC, whose father opened Lundin Golf Club’s new clubhouse in 1896.
 
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Reminiscences of Yacht Racing and Some Racing Yachts - David W. Finlay

1910 - John Smith & Son (Glasgow) Limited, Glasgow
Anecdotal racing memoirs by Doctor David Finlay, Honorary Physician to the both Edward VII and George V in Scotland, dean of the faculty of medicine at Aberdeen University. His passion outside of medicine was sailing, owning over eight stunning racing yachts.

Illustrated with six photogravure plates showing Dr. Finlay’s yachts in action, and four plates of line-drawing hull designs.
 
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