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Journal of Herbert Edward Pretyman, Lieutenant Grenadier Guards - Written during his Expedition to the Kittar Mountains, between Kenneh (on the Nile) and the Red Sea. 1891 - Inscribed - Herbert Edward Pretyman. Rev. Frederic Pretyman.

1892 - Printed for Private Circulation, London - First and Only Edition
Inscribed ‘W. H. Mills from Frederic Pretyman Gt. Carlton 1893.’

A near fine and extremely rare example of this journal which covers Pretyman’s 1891 hunting trip in the Kittar mountains, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, using the only known map of the area produced by Floyer four years earlier. Illustrated with a full page photo-lithographic plate of Herbert Pretyman, 34 other plates from photographs and a two page sketch map of the Kittar Mountains to the rear.

Lieutenant H. E. Pretyman travelled back from Ismalia to London in 1891, he died the same year, whilst Camp Adjutant at Bisley, and it is believed he had not fully recovered from a severe attack of typhoid and jaundice in 1889. His father the Rev. Frederic Pretyman arranged to have the journal published a short while later.
 
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Blow Ye Winds Heigh O! - A Yachting Story - A. Punt

Circa 1895 - Hunt &, London - First Edition Thus
With illustrations by C. A. Cox, and a rather pretty pictorial cover. Extremely scarce. Covers a series of racing adventures in a fictional ten-ton cutter named ‘Nereid’, through Belfast, Galloway, the Clyde, and the Scottish Highlands. Originally a series of stories for a yachting magazine. 
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Canoe Errant, Canoe Errant On The Nile, Canoe Errant On The Mississippi, Canoe to Mandalay, Canoe in Australia. - Major R. Raven-Hart

1935 to 1948 - Various, Various - First editions, Canoe Errant is ‘the first of Major Raven-Hart’s books on his canoe trips throughout the world. He had survived World War I with impaired health, had little money, and wished to see Europe, especially those parts of it not yet spoiled by tourists. One day in 1928 he saw two German’s assembling and launching a folding canoe on the Seine below his home in Herblay. After chatting with them, he bought one, named her Couer Fidele (the family motto), made some experimental trips, and, in 1930, began serious voyaging. He tells of cruises in the spring, summer and autumn of each year through 1934. By the latter year, having travelled many of the rivers of France and Germany, he went down the Danube to Budapest and then cruised Dalmatian waters.

These are the first five books by Major Raven-Hart taking him canoeing across the world, from the Irrawaddy to the Murrumbidgee, the Mississippi to the Wadi Halfa. His books contain adventures, views on customs and languages and historical insights throughout.
 
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The Last Cruise of the Teal - Leigh Ray (Pseudonym for H. Lewis Jones)

1893 - Digby, London - First Edition
The pleasant cruise of two young men, who set sail from Leigh on sea up the coast of England to Harwich, and then across the North Sea, ends in disaster intrigue and mystery in Eastern Europe...

A popular book of its day, even E. Nesbit used it in one of her own stories. The author and doctor H. Lewis Jones penned this work of fiction under a pseudonym, it was preceded by his book ‘
Swin, Swale and Swatchway’ published in 1892. 
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Annals of Cricket - W. W. Read

1896 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition - One of 250 copies
A classic account of the early history of the game and autobiography of the Surrey batsman (who scored 338 against Oxford University in 1888) and who played in 18 Tests for England.

Illustrated with portrait frontispiece and 25 black and white plates.
 
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The Sky Bandits - George G. Rochester

1938 - The Ace Publishing Co., London - First Edition
As he thundered down on Sarat’s tail his gun snarled a staccato accompaniment to the roar of his powerful engine!

Irresistible with chapter headings like ‘
A Perilous Business’; ‘The Secret of the U-Boat’, and ‘A Big Job!’.

Rare in the dust jacket, particularly so in this condition, bright and sharp, without large chips or holes from former combat missions.

With four full page black and white illustrations.
 
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An Ocean Cruise and Deep Water Regatta of the Pacific Yacht Club, July, 1884 - J. Sanderson, Gideon Denny (illustrator)

1884 - H.S. Crocker &, San Francisco - First Edition
Rare and superb large folio of this very detailed celebratory account of the first successful yacht race from San Francisco Bay to Santa Cruz and a subsequent regatta across Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and back, it also includes a history of the club, lists of the members and a description of the fleet.

The glory of the work lies in the eight magnificent coloured lithographic plates by Gideon Denny (1830-1866), a renowned marine artist based in San Francisco. Denny's fine plates include five views of sailboats at sea during the races, one of the fleet anchored off Santa Cruz, one of the clubhouse and grounds of the Pacific Yacht Club at Sausalito, and one group portrait of the officers of the club.

Inscribed by hand to L.R. Jerome Esq. from Cornelius O’Connor the Treasurer of the Royal Pacific Yacht Club in 1884 (see plate opposite page 50). Lawrence R Jerome, an Honorary Member of the club, was a successful financier together with his brother Leonard (whose daughter become Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother), and they were instrumental in forming the New York Jockey Club. Leonard took a leading part in yachting, he gave a speech on behalf of America at Cowes, attended by the Queen. ‘
One of the natural leaders of a group of famous club men and wits whose reputation has never been equalled in New York’. 
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Sandow on Physical Training - Eugen Sandow

1894 - Gale &, London - First Edition
A scarce and remarkably clean copy of the rare first edition in it’s original pictorial covers, by the ‘Father of Bodybuilding’. ‘Sandow The Magnificent’ also opened one of the first ‘health clubs’ in the world. He was friends with Conan-Doyle, Thomas Edison and King George V. Large [26x20cm] and richly illustrated from photographs, drawings and diagrams.

Sandow's resemblance to the physiques found on classical Greek and Roman sculpture was no accident, as he measured the statues in museums and helped to develop "The Grecian Ideal" as a formula for the "perfect physique." He is seen as one of the first athletes to intentionally develop his musculature to predetermined dimensions. In
Strength and How to Obtain It Sandow lays out specific prescriptions of weights and repetitions in order to achieve his ideal proportion.

Sandow was the promoter and judge at the first bodybuilding contest ever held, at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 14, 1901, and his importance was such that the trophy for Mr. Olympia is a statuette of Sandow, one could even say that Sandow was the inspiration for a recent Governor of California.
 
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