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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. With contributions by Lord Wellwood, Sir Walter Simpson, Bart., Right Hon. A. J. Balfour M.P., Andrew Lang, H.F.C. Everard and others - Horace G. Hutchinson (Duke of Beaufort, editor), Assisted by Alfred E.T. Watson

1890 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘One of the great books of the sport and deserves an honoured spot in every golf library.’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

An unusually bright and fine first edition. Covering the history of golf, celebrated golfers and celebrated links, styles, etiquette, giving odds, and, I assume, relevant for the day - ‘hints to cricketers who are taking up golf’. Illustrated by Thomas Hodge and Harry Furniss with 22 plates, several woodcuts in text, and many further illustrations.

Hutchinson, one of the best sports writers and editors of his era, was also an accomplished golfer, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, winner of the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and known for his comment that ‘
if profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. 
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Golfing - The Oval Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (editor)

1893 - George Routledge &, London - First Edition
A rather scarce first edition of this early golfing title, in the original pictorial paper boards, without restoration or rebinding.

By the great Horace Hutchinson, an accomplished golfer who won the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and he was also a writer of considerable skill.

Illustrated with three black and white photographic plates.
 
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Shooting in China - Thomas R. Jernigan

1908 - Methodist Publishing House, Shanghai - First and Only Edition
The rare first edition of this work on wildfowl shooting in China, and one of only a small number of eighteenth and early nineteenth century books written on the subject by expatriates based in China. Illustrated with 23 full page plates of 26 images, mostly from photographs (including the Snipe plate opposite page 77 which is not listed).

I remember my first shooting trip in China as clearly and distinctly as if it were but an event of yesterday, It was in December 1866, a few days after my arrival in Shanghai...’ - thus begins ‘Notes by an Old Sportsman’, a chapter of reminisces contributed by Jernigan’s friend H. T. Wade.

Jernigan (1847-1920) was US consul general in Shanghai, attorney in China for Standard Oil Company, chairman of the Shanghai International Settlement, and on publication of this work he was in private practice. In this work Jernigan provides long chapters on houseboating for waterfowl and small game shooting, there are also separate sections on shooting along the ‘
Yang-tze River’, the ‘Ch’ien-Tang River’ and the ‘Lakes near Ningpo’. Other chapters cover ‘Customs’, ‘Government’, and to the rear is a short ‘Vocabulary’ of Chinese hunting terms. While Jernigan does not hunt big game himself, he does include a chapter describing big game that he has been informed of, including lion, tiger, leopard, bear and wild boar. 
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Shamrock V's Wild Voyage Home - INSCRIBED - Captain Irving Johnson, Charles A. Wilson (illustrator)

1933 - Milton Bradley Company, Springfield - First Edition
Inscribed from Johnson to Lieutenant-Commander Nixon ‘who enjoys a sail as only one who was brought up in sail can'.

American sail training pioneer, adventure and professional sailor Captain Irving McClure Johnson’s first book, in which the word ‘adventure’ is a slight understatement. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, vignettes sketched by Wilson, and schematics of the yacht.

‘Johnson was a crew member on Sir Thomas Lipton’s
Shamrock V on her return to England in the autumn of 1930 following the America’s Cup races She encountered a hurricane and numerous storms. After working his way home on the steamer Olympic, Johnson joined Warwick Tompkins’ Wanderbird as mate for the 1931 transatlantic race from Newport, R. I. to Plymouth. He crewed on George Roosevelt’s Mistress for the Fastnet, and then rejoined Wanderbird for a northern European ‘cruise’ and the voyage back to the United States.’ - Toy, Adventures Afloat. 
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1901 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
This lovely work, is the follow up to Kelson’s large and highly successful ‘The Salmon Fly’ published in 1895. Here he gives illustrated and up to date guidance to those interested the art of catching the king of fish with a fly, in a book at ‘such a price as will bring it within the reach of all’.

Grouped into seven chapters -
The Rod to Select; The Fly to Use; Methods of Casting; Riverside Hints; Wading; Knots; and Modern Improvements.

Interspersed amongst the 25 illustrations are wonderful illustrated advertisements for Burberrys, as well as numerous advertisements to the rear. Tipped in on a separate pink sheet is a notice for the author's "
The Salmon Fly... only a few copies left".

In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom burgundy cloth slipcase
 
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From China to Hkamti Long - Captain F. Kingdon-Ward

1924 - Edward Arnold &, London - First Edition
In 1922-1923 the great plant hunter Kingdon-Ward travelled "westward from the Yangtze, across the narrow strip of the earth's crust where the great rivers of South-East Asia escape from Tibet and through the jungles which hide the headwaters of the mighty Irawaddi, Burma's great river" (from preface).

Illustrated with twenty one black and white photographs on 16 plates and a folding map outlined in colour to the rear.

‘The author's second attempt to march overland to India from Likiang, on the borders of Yunnan. He explored Yunnan and Szechwan in 1921, and Yunnan, Szechwan, Tibet and North Burma in 1922. This is a feat which had been performed only three times; in 1895 by Prince Henry of Orleans, with two companions; in 1906 by E. C. Young; and in 1911 by F. M. Bailey.’ (Yakushi).
 
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne &, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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Golf - Cecil Leitch

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & - First American Edition issued same year as the First English Edition.
The golfing life and experiences of this very great English lady golfer’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (nicknamed Cecil) was
the first superstar of women’s golf. In 1914 she won the first of her four British Ladies Amateurs, taking the title from Muriel Dodd. Her opportunity to possibly win several more was interrupted for five years during the First World War. She retired having won 12 national titles, five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

With fifty illustrations, including photographic plate laid onto front covers, and full page black and white photographs.
 
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