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The Art of Swimming - Harry Gurr

Circa 1868 - Henry Lea, 13 Paternoster Row - Second Printing
‘Swimming,I contend, is the most useful of all the accomplishments which go to make up the complete education of a gentleman.’

A fabulous and rare little illustrated guide to the art of 19th century swimming, written by the champion swimmer of England, Harry Gurr, and featuring chapters on floating, diving, treading water, life saving, bathing in the ocean, how to teach swimming, and ‘swimming for ladies’.

With illustrations.

One in the series of ‘The Champion Handbooks’ first published by Darton & Hodge circa 1865, this second printing came out circa 1868 by publisher Henry Lea who moved into his premises of 13 Paternoster Row (which is shown on the title page) in August of 1868. He continued advertising from 13 Paternoster Row until April 1869, before disappearing until February 1870, when he turned up at 147 Fleet Street. From this we can date this little work as being published between 1868 and 1869. The copyright and publication of this series was later taken over by Dean & Son, who continued to advertise this title as late as 1895.
 
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1940 - Seeley, London - First Edition
An extensive study on thoroughbred flat racing, covering breeding, training, jockeyship, the tote, the evolution of racing. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece by Munnings, 34 full-page plates, and in text illustrations.

The Lonsdale Library is unequivocally categorized as the greatest library of sporting ever produced. Inserted is an ad for “”
The Mating of Thoroughbred Horses”.

Introduction by the Right Hon. The Earl of Lonsdale, K.G., G.C.V.O., D.L.
 
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Full Tilt - The Sporting Memoirs of Foxhall Keene - Alden Hatch

1938 - The Derrydale Press, New York - First Edition, number 691 of 950 limited copies
Full Tilt’ is the perfect description of the life of Foxhall Parker Keene [1867-1941], one of America’s most outstanding all-round sportsmen of the first half of the 20th century. World and Gold Medallist Polo player, U.S. open golfer, pioneer race car driver, thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder, boxer and American football player at Harvard.

Having a father who was president of the San Francisco Stock Exchang obviously assisted with this..
 
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Bentley: The Vintage Years - Signed - Michael Hay

1986 - Dalton Watson, London - First Edition, Deluxe Limited Edition
‘I am confident that Bentley: The Vintage Years will find a space on every Bentley enthusiast’s shelf and be held as an example by others, endeavouring to write a definitive work on any motoring subject’ – Gibbs Pancheri.

Magnificently Bentley! The special limited edition, number 68 of 200, signed by author Michael Hays, bound in custom green morocco leather, lettered and edged in gilt, housed in bespoke slipcase.

A most comprehensive survey of the Vintage Bentley from 1919 to 1931, with over 500 photographs of coach built Bentleys, as well as a full account of Bentley’s racing history into the early 1930’s.
 
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Golfing - The “Oval” Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (editor)

1893 - George Routledge & Sons, 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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