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The Whole Art and Trade of Husbandry - Conrad [Konrad] Heresbach, Barnaby Googe

1614 - Printed by T.S. for Richard More, London
An early 400 year old English translation of this important and popular agricultural treatise, with noted sections on wine.

Finely bound, and illustrated with six woodcut decorations to head of page and six decorated letters.

‘Homer giveth the chiefest prayse to the Wine of Maronia, and Pramnium. Virgill most commendeth Rhentish wine: others the wine of Aminia, Lamentana, Candy, and Corsega, but I meane to speake of those that are commonly in our dayes. In Italy this day they make most account of wine of Corsega, Romani, and Meysina. In Spaine the best esteeme the wine of S. Martine, of Ribodari, and Giberalter. In France the greatest praise is given to the wine of Orleans, Aniuo, and Greues: Germanie began but of late to meddle with planting of Vines, for Varro writeth, that the Frenchmen and the Germanes had in his time both Wines and Dliues: but at this day the Rhine, the Necker, the Mene, Mosel, and Danaw, may compare with any Countries, for goodneise of their wines.’ (Leaf 75).

Written by the German Konrad Heresbach (1496-1576) and first published in 1570, André Simon mentions that the popularity of this work in England was due to ‘an excellent English translation, with a number of interesting commentaries, by one named Barnaby Googe’. For wine see leaf 74 onwards under ‘
of the ordering of Orchards’. 
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John MacGregor (”Rob Roy”) - Edwin Hodder

1894 - Hodder Brothers, London - Second Edition
The comprehensive biography of the father of modern kayaking - John MacGregor (1825-91), known as ‘Rob Roy’.

Son of General Sir Duncan MacGregor, his schooling followed his fathers postings which included Canterbury and Dublin he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, having shown a talent for mathematics. His ambition to become a missionary was blocked after an argument with a superior who was a second-generation Polish immigrant who argued that MacGregor losing his temper and expressing anti-Polish sentiment was unbecoming of a missionary and he began a career as a Barrister but being of independent means he was able to follow his passion for travel.

MacGregor was a champion marksman but turned to boating when a railroad accident left him unable to hold a rifle steady. He designed his own boat, modelled after Indian canoes, 15 feet long, 28 inches wide, nine inches deep and weighed 80 pounds (36 kg) to be used with a double-bladed paddle. He named the boat Rob Roy after the celebrated Scottish outlaw of the same name, to whom he was related. During the 1860s, he had at least seven similar boats built and he sailed and paddled them in Europe, the Baltic and the Middle East.

MacGregor was a moderate, but very devout, Christian (he was in fact secretary of the Protestant League no less and believed in a ‘muscular Christianity’ based around exploits like kayaking), and was chairman of the Humane Society. He moved in high circles counting Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson among his friends, both of whom he persuaded to take up paddling. More than anything, MacGregor was instrumental in social reform in Victorian London, by association with another important friend, the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. Together they set up the Shoe-Black Brigade to offer better education prospects to the sort of wastrels that Dickens wrote about and would take MacGregor to see on his famous long, London walks.
 
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The British Angler's Manual, Or, The Art Of Angling In England, Scotland, Wales, And Ireland. With Some Account Of The Principal Rivers, Lakes, And Trout Streams, In The United Kingdom; With Instructions In Fly-Fishing, Trolling, And Angling At The Bottom, And More Particularly For The Trout. Embellished with numerous engravings on steel and wood, chiefly from original pictures and drawings by the author. - Thomas C. Hofland

1839 - Whitehead & Co. / R. Ackermann, London - First Edition
An angling treatise ‘the result of more than thirty years’ practice’ by the eminent English landscape painter, Thomas Christopher Hofland [1777-1843]. ‘An agreeably written and beautifully illustrated work’.

Most of the steel engraved plates are by the author (nine views and four exquisite engravings of artificial flies) along with many of the 39 woodcuts. Two of the plates are in facsimile.
 
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Fifty Years of Rosslyn Park - C. C. Hoyer Millar

1929 - Printed Privately for the Club by Wyman & Sons Ltd., London - First Edition
Rosslyn Park Football Club was founded over 130 years ago in 1879 by departees of Belsize Park RFC and named after Rosslyn Hill in NW3, the club became the first club based in England to play rugby internationally when it faced Stade Francais in Paris on 18 April 1892.


This is the most comprehensive history of the club, illustrated with twenty black and white photographs.
 
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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. - 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 sharp and mostly uncut copy, in a fine custom clamshell case with tipped-on
Vanity Fair colour print of the flamboyant Horace Hutchinson himself. 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 & 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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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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The Salmon Fly: How to Dress it and How to Use it - Geo. M. Kelson

1895 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
One of the finest books produced on the Salmon Fly, for the passionate fly fisherman, with eight beautiful full page colour plates of flies, and over 120 black and white wood engraved illustrations. In The Salmon Fly, George Kelson boldly and confidently distilled a lifetime of salmon fishing wisdom into this privately published work. In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom felt lined slipcase.

The first part of the book is devoted to the techniques of tying the salmon fly as well as patterns for individual flies. The second part is devoted to the practical aspects of fishing for salmon with the fly, locating fish, casting techniques, catching and landing fish and various accessories and equipment.
 
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