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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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Official Program featuring Bruce Lee's Karate Debut at the International Karate Championships, Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, Los Angles, 1964, - with - the 1965 program -

1964Los Angeles
a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…

Extremely rare 1964 ‘Official Program’ of the inaugural International Karate Championship, where 23 year-old Bruce Lee’s was first introduced to the world with an 8½ -minute demonstration, together with the 1965 ‘Official Program’. Both in fine condition.

This 1964 martial arts tournament, with 850 competing contenders, was the first of an annual event still in existence, it was held by Kenpo Grandmaster Ed Parker at a time when, perhaps because of the mass media spy craze, there was growing general interest in Karate outside of military and aficionado circles.

The 1964 program includes congratulatory ads by movie stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and “Pink Panther” film director Blake Edwards. The 21st item on the 1964 program was “
Demonstration by Bruce Lee”. There is also a photograph of him on the Demonstrations page, captioned “a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…” (including two-finger push-ups).

Lee did not appear at the 1965 event, but a photograph of his 1964 appearance was included in the photo-montage on the verso of the 1965 title-page. These programs, sold only at the tournaments, are even more rare than Lee’s 1963 book,
Chinese Gung-Fu, The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, published in Oakland in a limited edition of 500 copies. 
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Shanghae Races, Spring Meeting, 1865, Second Day, Thursday, 27th April, 1865 -

1865 - Printed by A. H. De Carvalho, Shanghai - Only edition
Large and rare lavender China silk programme for one of the earliest Shanghai Races, the 1865 Spring Meeting (47.5 x 23.5 cm). Finely presented in gold wood frame (64 x 38.5 cm), on acid free backing card, and with 99% UV protection ‘tru-vue’ museum grade glass.

Listing seven races, all are with names of stables or owners, names of horses, weight or height, jockey silks colours, the horses include Arabs, English, China and Japan Ponies

The races are -
Maloo Plate, for China ponies only; Arab Challenge Cup, for all Arabs; Chaasee Cup, for China and Japan ponies; Challenge Cup, for all horses [Arabs, Stud Bred, Colonials, and English]; Chu-Ka-Za Cup, for all Arabs; The Selling Stakes, for Colonial and Arab horses; and the Hack Stakes, for all horses not otherwise entered at this Meeting. 
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Fifty Years of Schwinn-Built Bicycles -

1945 - Arnold, Chicago - First Edition
Published to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Schwinn bicycles, 1895-1945, this profusely illustrated book features numerous photographs, drawings, and vintage advertisements in colour, sepia, and black and white, as well as a tribute to Schwinn company founder, Ignaz Schwinn.

This copy also features a typed letter from Frank V. Schwinn, dated March 7th 1949, to the book’s previous owner, Mr. J.R. Davies, thanking him for his letter on behalf of his father, Frank W. Schwinn.
 
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A Book of Designs of Deep Sea Racing Craft -

1933 - Ernest J. Day & Company, London - First Edition
A fine copy of this large and beautifully presented work, containing the twenty nine of the best racing yacht designs selected from more than sixty submitted for an international competition organised by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for racing yachts in the 55 class (over 16.5 metres) and the 35 class (over 10 metres). With an Introduction by Malden Heckstall-Smith.

The designs are presented here over 116 full page illustrations, and the designers include the who’s who of international yacht designers such as J. Read, David Boyd, Alfred Pyszka, Laurent Giles & Partners, Charles A. Nicholson, H. W. de Voogt, Harry Jacobs, Olin Stephens, Jarl Lindblom, and John M. Tate.
 
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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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Flat-Racing Explained - A Practical Treatise on Racing, Designed to meet the Requirements of Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Jockeys, and the General Public - Analyst [pseud. Francis Higgins]

1899 - Edmund Seale, London - First Edition
First edition of this early treatise on the science of Horse Racing. Contains much information on the selection of the horse and all aspects of flat racing. A practical treatise on racing designed to meet the requirements of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and the general public. 
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Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. - Charles James Apperley, (pseudonym ‘Nimrod’)

1915 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - New Issue
‘With what extraordinary characters of ancient and modern times would John Mytton stand comparison? ... His popularity... the dashing personal character, and extreme and unaffected good humour of the late squire of Halston, together with his fox-hounds, his race-horses, his ale, his wine, and many other things besides, rendered him extremely popular in Shropshire...’

A handsome edition – bound by Riviere – of this chronicle of the life of the fearless and famously foolhardy sportsman, ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton, who drank four to six bottles of port a day, and died of delirium tremens in the King’s Bench prison, aged 38.

Wonderfully illustrated by Harry Alken and T.J. Rawlins with 18 full page colour plates.
 
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