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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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Price HK$ 8,000



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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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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Horse-Racing in England – A Synoptical Review - Robert Black

1893 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Mr. Black knows his subject and brings plenty of sound common-sense to bear on it’ – The Spectator

A handsome copy of sports writer Robert Black’s informative reference, spanning two hundred years from the reign of Charles II to Queen Victoria, of the history and development of horse-racing. Black – considered an authority on the subject – with records of famous races and ‘some memorable matches’. 
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Silk and Scarlet - with - The Post and the Paddock, with Recollections of George IV., Sam Chifney, and other Turf Celebrities - Henry Hall Dixon ‘The Druid’

1880 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - Revised and Re-edited Editions with Steel Engravings
Two finely bound volumes in hunting colours, formerly the property of Captain Robert Bingham Brassey of the 17th Lancers.

Racing anecdotes, and turf reminiscences, illustrated with steel engraved frontispieces, extra steel engraved title pages, five steel engravings (one folding), and engraved vignette.

Henry Hall Dixon (1822-70) was an English sporting writer known by his nom de plume, "The Druid.", educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He took up the profession of the law, but, though called to the bar in 1853, soon returned to sporting journalism, in which he had already made a name for himself, and began to write regularly for the
Sporting Magazine. Both these works first appeared in part in the magazine before being published as separate books. 
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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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Price HK$ 1,100



 
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