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Polo & Coaching -

1923 Circa - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - 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 Sports and Sportsmen, Past and Present -

Circa 1913 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - 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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A History of the Shanghai Paper Hunt Club 1863-1930 - C. Noel Davis, Edmund Toeg (illustrator)

1930 - Kelly and Walsh Limited, Shanghai - First Edition
The first edition, in the scarce pictorial dust jacket, of this remarkable insight into one of the important social events in Shanghai, from the late 1800s through to the 1930s. Containing anecdotes, poems, songs, black and white photographs including a long fold-out panorama photograph by Ah Fong of the Meet of the Christmas hunt 1929, drawings and cartoons by Edmund Toeg (including a colour fold-out of the winners of the hunt challenge cup 1910-30). Complete with six large-scale folding maps of the riding and hunting country.

With a loosely laid in note on the paper of Shanghai based architects Spence, Robinson & Partners, to the recipient ‘
With love & Best wishes. This may help you to understand the mysteries & entertainments of our winter sport in which we find so much pleasure’ unfortunately it is hard to make out the signature of the sender.

Introduced by the British, frustrated by the lack of animals for a proper hunt, the paper hunt involved one horseman who would ride ahead of the others to act as the hunted prey, marking the trail with coloured paper. One of the main rules was that only Mongolian ponies were accepted as a valid ride.

The list of participants and winners is a veritable who’s-who of influential traders, bankers and diplomats. Founded in the 1860s in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64), the Club thrived through revolutions, warlord control, communist insurgency and suppression, the Japanese occupation and civil war.
 
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Through the Stable and the Saddle Room - Arthur T. Fisher

1890 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Every Englishman loves a horse, even if he knows no more about him than he does about a kangaroo, and but few of our countrymen can gaze on a handsome horse without admiration...’

A handsome copy of this useful, late 19th century guide to horse stables and saddle rooms, with chapters on stable construction, saddles, bridles, hay, and livery.
 
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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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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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Celebrities of the Shanghai Turf - Juel Madsen, Edmund Toeg

1923 - Juel Madsen, Shanghai - Only Edition
A rare piece of Shanghai horse racing history, in remarkably clean condition.

Containing 54 full page captioned illustrations of prominent members of the Shanghai community, by Danish artists Juel Madsen, and Edmund Toeg, with an introduction by A. W. "Bertie" Burkill, Steward of the Shanghai Race Club.

The illustrations consist of 33 individual portraits of members of the Shanghai Race Club, Shanghai Paper Hunt Club, and International Recreation Club, beginning with G. H. Stitt, then Chairman of the Shanghai Racing Club (and Shanghai manager of the Hong Kong bank, interesting trivia – the right hand lion below the HSBC building in Hong Kong is nicknamed Stitt); 5 group sketches of Shanghai Race Club and Paper Hunt Club; 2 group sketches of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps (those featured are named below each sketch); 2 horses; all by Juel Madsen and 12 caricature sketches by Edmund Toeg.

Possibly the last publication and showing some of the last sketches by the Danish artist and war correspondent Juel Madsen who was killed in September 1923 in the Great Kantō Japanese earthquake.
 
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Shanghai Paper Hunt Club - A Short Resume of the Season 1929-1930. - Major E. H. McMichael

1930 - North-China Daily News & Herald Ltd., Shanghai - First and Only Edition
An extremely rare and fine little one-off production, only printed for this particular season. As explained in the foreword ‘For certain reasons it was deemed undesirable to publish the accounts of the past Season’s Hunts in the daily press, but in order that a complete record of the sport during 1929-30 might be preserved for future reference, the Stewards considered that it would be much appreciated, both by members and friends, if some account of the Hunts held could be published in pamphlet form.’ Why it was ‘deemed undesirable’ they do not explain.

A fine copy illustrated with 20 photographs and two sketches. The resume covers nine Paper Hunts and three Handicap races from November 24th, 1929 to February 23rd, 1930. With a list of events for the Shanghai Hounds’ Drag Hunts Season of 1929-30 to the rear.
 
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