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British Sports and Sportsmen, Past and Present -

Circa 1913 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - First Edition. Royal Edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this set is number 105.
Two large finely bound folios containing the biographies of 303 of leading British sportsmen from the eighteenth and (primarily) nineteenth centuries, practitioners of the hunt, polo, steeplechase, cricket, rugby, boxing, and other gentlemanly pursuits accompanied by approximately 300 full page photogravure portrait plates. With a fascinating introduction by Horace G. Hutchinson. Volume I covers Hugo Meynell 1735-1808 to The Hon. Egremont Lascelles 1825-1892; Volume II covers George Parr 1826-1891 to Henry Arthur, Viscount Chelsea 1868-1908.

Compiled and Edited by ‘
The Sportsman’. Two large folio volumes [39x29cm] . Profusely illustrated.  
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Polo & Coaching -

Circa 1923 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - First Edition. Royal Edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 221.
A massive scarce and sumptuously bound work, one of only 250 copies of the ‘Royal Edition’, and enhanced by over 450 illustrations from photographs, paintings and sketches. The original subscriber for this copy was Edward Coleby Ransome O.B.E. (1864-1939) whose name has been blocked in gilt to the front board. Ransome, Cambridge educated, a crack shot, representing England in rifle shooting, was Mayor of Ipswich, Suffolk.

With contributions from Major-General Vaughan, T. Levins Moore, Gordon Withers, Major Hesseltine, Major-General Pitman, Keith Marsham, Lieut.-General Sir Michael Rimington, Lieut.-Colonel Nickalls, Osgold Cross, F.P.P. Rouse, “
Bronco” and “Rissala”.

The majority of this work covers Polo, describing the origins of the game its history in India, Ireland, and England, tactics and rules, as well as short biographical notes on players. The last part gives a history of coaching, which, with the introduction of railways, had become more of a sporting recreation usually involving marathon distances with a carriage (coach) and team of horses.
 
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British Yachts and Yachtsmen. A Complete History of British Yachting from the Middle of the Sixteenth Century of the Present Day -

1907 - The Yachtsman Publishing Company, London - First Edition
This is a seriously massive and luxurious tome, a comprehensive reference, illustrated with 58 plates and 500 valuable photographs. In the publisher’s original navy blue leather and gilt binding, usually found in pieces or rebound in two volumes due to the size.

Containing a lengthy history of yachting in the British Isles, from Elizabethan times, with coverage of the America’s cup, yachting in Canada and Australia, biographical sketches of many prominent yachtsmen, brief histories of yacht clubs, and an account of the founding and influence of the Yacht Racing Association. Indexes of personal, yacht, and club names are provided.’ [Toy].
 
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Broad-Sword and Single-Stick - With chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillelah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and other Weapons of Self-Defence - The All-England Series - R. G. Allanson-Winn, C. Phillipps-Wolley

1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
This rare and oft quoted work on Victorian martial arts, was written by two acknowledged experts in the field, both members of of the Inns of Court School at Arms, one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800’s.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with examples of various weapons and equipment, diagrams indicating positions of attack and defence, and delightful, vintage sports-related advertisements.

If quite unacquainted with fencing, broad-sword, stick-play or bayonet-exercise, never be tempted into a bout with the quarter-staff.’ - C. Phillipps-Wolley. 
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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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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 baseball 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 basketballchampions 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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The Desert Flyer - John Bolton

1936 - Wright & Brown, London - First Edition
A thrilling “Story of the Air” in Egypt!

A scarce between the wars
Air Mystery.  
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1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - Number 193 of 250 Large Paper Deluxe Edition
A handsome copy of this large and comprehensive limited edition, an informative history and guide to the game of billiards, with contributions by A.H. Boyd, Sydenham Dixon, W.J. Ford, Dudley D. Pontifex, Russell D. Walker, and Reginald Rimington-Wilson.

Illustrated with eleven full page black and white plates by artist Lucien Davies, and numerous drawings and diagrams throughout the text.
 
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