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Cadet to Commodore - Albert B. Armitage

1925 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
‘This fine personal record shows us the spirit of the British Merchant Service in peace and war, and repeats the unchanging call of the sea. Late Commodore of the P. & 0. Co.'s fleet, Captain Armitage (1864-1943) was not too late, in his early days, to learn the hard discipline of sails, " to shoot the sun," and take a trick at the wheel. Going " into steam," he rose rapidly in rank and took part in two Polar expeditions, with Scott on the Discovery Expedition as second in command, and on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to meet up with Nansen.

Here are amusing experiences of passengers, royal or otherwise. We like the alluring advertisement of a small steamship company—" A Surgeon, a Stewardess and an Experienced Cow." The cow, -presumably, knew all about the crying needs of infants-in-arms.’ - from
The Spectator review of October 1925. 
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Wrestling - Walter Armstrong

1889 - George Bell and Sons, London - First Edition
A scarce fine copy of this little treatise on wrestling from The All-England Series.

In addition to the various English styles, there are chapters on Scottish, French German and Japanese wrestling.

With 26 illustrations from sketches and photographs.
 
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India and Tiger Hunting. Vol.I. - Tiger-Hunting and Other Adventures. - Julius Barras

1883 - Rastall & Son, London - First Edition
Inscribed by the author to General Macdonald.

Tiger shooting was my principle amusement, and it is an expensive pastime.

‘Despite the expenses, Julius Barras devoted his sporting interest to hunting tiger and panther, and relates numerous shooting experiences in the Deccan and Nagpur hills, near Ahmedabad in Guzerat and the Terai.

A panther savaged Barras, but fortunately for his readers (and himself) he survived.’ - Czech.

A beautiful first edition, which is rare in any condition. The second volume of Barras’ memoirs was published in 1885 as ‘
Series II’, and at the same time volume I was reprinted as ‘Series I’. 
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Five Chip Hilton classics – Dugout Jinx, Fence Busters, Hardcourt Upset, No-Hitter, and Triple-Threat Trouble - Clair Bee

1952 - Grosset & Dunlap, New York - First Editions
Five first editions from the inspirational Chip HIlton sports story series, written by the successful college basketball coach and 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Clair Bee.

Dugout Jinx – During the last week of that hectic season, it was Chip from his position on the dugout bench who was able to solve the baffling puzzle of what had happened to the team’s pitchers and its general morale.

Fence Busters – There is a lot of wonderful baseball in this Chip Hilton story, and a lot of good sportsmanship and clean manhood besides. These friends of Chip’s have what it takes to pull a demoralized and strife-torn team out of the dumps and get it back at busting fences again.

Hardcourt Upset – When Chip Hilton, sensational scoring sophomore, is benched by a knee injury, and the champions are beaten by Tech, their home-town rivals, things take a turn for the worse.

No-Hitter – After helping State University win the N.C.A.A. baseball championship through his superb pitching, Chip Hilton had looked forward to a pleasant summer at home in Valley Falls. But when State was selected to represent the United States i a college baseball series with two of Japan’s finest teams, Chip, like his teammates, was thrilled by the opportunity.

Triple-Threat Trouble – Chip Hilton, All-America quarterback and captain of State University’s team faces one of the most challenging situations he has ever encountered on the gridiron. 
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British Mountaineering - C.E. (Claude Ernest) Benson

1909 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition, in the First Issue Gilt Binding
An excellent copy – in the superb original gilt binding – of this informative mountaineering guidebook, profusely illustrated throughout with wonderfully detailed inset drawings and photographs.

With chapters on equipment, rambling, practice climbs on low crags, rock climbing, climbing in winter, severe courses, dangers of mountaineering, and medical hints, as well as an instructive section on ‘Mountaineering for Ladies’, in which Benson recommends women make
‘a special study of the art of tieing knots’ and suggests their skirts to be ‘quite short, at least five or six inches from the ground’... very practical advice indeed. 
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The Corinthian Yachtsman, or Hints on Yachting - Tyrrel E. Biddle

1881 - C. Wilson, London - First Edition
‘A well written description of what yachting was like in a world that has vanished forever, a world where the pace was slower but where time and effort needed to manage and maintain boats used up a large proportion of one’s leaisure time.

Contents: Yachting as a national sport; Progress of naval architecture; Buying and building; Concluding a purchase; Yacht’s boats; Navigation; Preparing to start; Handling yachts; Extended cruising; Racing.’ - Toy,
Adventures Afloat.

A superior example of this lovely book, scarce in such nice condition. Illustrated 32 woodcut in-text drawings, illustrated title page and two full page schematics of yachts, to the rear is a fifteen page appendix of
Principal Terms Used in Yacht Sailing and twenty pages of wonderful yachting advertisements. 
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Horse-Racing in England – A Synoptical Review - Robert Black

1893 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Mr. Black knows his subject and brings plenty of sound common-sense to bear on it’ – The Spectator

A handsome copy of sports writer Robert Black’s informative reference, spanning two hundred years from the reign of Charles II to Queen Victoria, of the history and development of horse-racing. Black – considered an authority on the subject – with records of famous races and ‘some memorable matches’. 
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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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