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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.

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The Sportsman’. Two large folio volumes [39x29cm] . Profusely illustrated.  
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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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Cricket - W. G. Grace

1899 - James Bowden, London - First Edition
‘I should like to say that good batsmen are born, not made; but my long experience comes up before me, and tells me that it is not so.’

Profusely illustrations, with over eighty mostly photographic plates including one of the great beard himself, the first man ever to score 1,000 runs in one month, and this at the age of 46.

Grace was still playing Test cricket into his 50s, and on his 58th birthday, after scoring 74, he laid his bat down on the pavilion table and declared, ‘There. I shan’t play any more’.
 
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Bases Loaded - A Bronc Burnett Story - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1950 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition [Scarce and not to be confused with the Grosset & Dunlap Reprint]
Inscribed ‘For a new friend Jeffrey Linck, with warmest personal regards - sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

The Sonoras battle in the Western Sectional Junior tournament and run into umpire trouble in the form of Dude LaRoach who calls an overwhelming number of freak plays. However, with the wise tips of the adored Cap'n Al Carter, sturdy teamwork and the courage of the sixteen-year-old pitcher, Bronco Burnett, who finishes a game with a bad ankle and crushed finger. Sonora triumphs and Dude LaRoach shakes Bronc's hand "with a grip that counts".
 
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The Man on the Bench - A Rocky McCune Baseball Novel - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1955 - David McKay Company, New York - First Edition
The first edition of the first in McCormick’s Rocky McCune series. Inscribed by the author ‘For my good friend Don Woodward, the kind of banker all bankers ought to be! sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

The man on the bench is Rocky McCune, a former great star at Koulee high school who comes back to his old home town as coach. He finds the once proud metropolis at the bottom of the heap, athletically, commercially and spiritually. Rocky brings new hope to a fine old town.’ 
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The Hot Corner - A Rocky McCune Baseball Novel - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1958 - David McKay Company, New York - First Edition
The first edition of the second baseball novel in McCormick’s Rocky McCune series. Inscribed by the author ‘For my good friend and star pupil, Alice Woods, with warmest personal regards - sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

Coach Rocky McCune of the Koulee Nine finds his baseball teams ethics threatening to disintegrate with the addition of brilliant but unsportsmanlike Red Bostic, the boy who specializes in spectacular plays, many of them illegal.
 
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The Jubilee Book of Cricket - SIGNED - Prince K. S. Ranjitsinhji

1897 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - Number 98 of a limited edition of 350
An uncommon signed limited edition of one of the classic books on Cricket, by one of the greatest batsmen of all time, published to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

The first half is instructional, the second half concerned with school, university, and county cricket. Chapters on training, fielding, bowling, batting, captaincy, umpiring, public school and Cambridge University cricket by W. J. Ford, Oxford University Cricket by Thomas Case, and individual histories of the county cricket clubs. Ranjitsinhji was greatly helped by C. B. Fry, W. J. Ford, Thomas Case, and others.

Illustrated with frontispiece and 115 tissue- guarded photographic plates of famous pre-1914 players from the “Golden Age” of cricket including W. G. Grace, Ranjitsinhji himself, C.T.B. Turner, W. Marlow, L.C.H. Palairet, Lord Hawke, etc., including 22 photogravures. Almost all photographs are by Hawkins of Brighton, the best of the Golden Age photographers.
 
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Annals of Cricket - W. W. Read

1896 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition - One of 250 copies
A classic account of the early history of the game and autobiography of the Surrey batsman (who scored 338 against Oxford University in 1888) and who played in 18 Tests for England.

Illustrated with portrait frontispiece and 25 black and white plates.
 
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