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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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 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 champions 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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Flying Tackle - A Bronc Burnett Story - Wilfred McCormick

1949 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition [Scarce and not to be confused with the Grosset & Dunlap Reprint]
Bronc’s first football story finds him leading Sonora High to the conference title, aided by Cap'n Al, the gruff but lovable coach "solid as a granite boulder". 
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1912Carlisle - First Edition
Pre-dating Bear Bryant and Bobby Bowden, Glenn Scobey ‘Pop’ Warner had the most wins of any coach in major college football history (319–106–32). Warner was the innovator behind the single-wing formation, a precursor to the modern spread and shotgun formations.

The plan of teaching football by mail was suggested to me several years ago by the fact that there seemed to be no means available by which a student of the game could obtain instruction except by putting himself under the supervision of professional coaches upon the field of play . . . The course has not been prepared for the general public but is strictly a text book for players and for those whose business or pleasure it may be to instruct players and teams.‘ – From the preface.

A bright and clean copy of this early work, profusely illustrated with photographic figures and drawn diagrams of equipment, technique, and strategy. There is a frontispiece photograph of the author.
 
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British Sports and Sportsmen: Cricket and Football. Compiled and Edited by ‘The Sportsman’ - P. F. Warner [editor]

1917 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - Royal edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 105.
Beginning, of course, with a frontispiece of W. G. Grace, this magnificently bound limited edition large folio (39 x 29 cm) is profusely illustrated with fourteen full page photogravure plates and 321 black and white images. With contributions by major sportsmen and players of the era, and edited by Sir Pelham Francis Warner, known affectionately as the Grand Old Man of English Cricket.

Covering Cricket (1-212), Association Football (213-244, 315-344), Rugby (245-301), and the final double century of pages with profiles of ‘
Prominent Players and their Performances’ (345-573). Huzzah!

Examples of the chapters on Cricket include ‘
Tours at Home and Abroad’, ‘Batsmen: By A Bowler’, ‘Bowlers: By A Batsman’, and ‘Public Schools Cricket’. Chapters on Rugby and Football include ‘The Rise of Rugby Football’, ‘Rugby Football at Universities’,‘The Evolution of Association Football’, and ‘Form at Football’. 
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Price HK$ 4,000