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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Rugby Football - William John Abbott Davies

1923 - Webster’s Publications Ltd., London - First Edition
A classic book on the tactics and the spirit of rugby, in the rare dust jacket.

A classic book by one of the great England fly-halves (who captained the England XV 1920-23). Includes chapters on the history of the game, the various positions and tactics and great international matches. Davies provides anecdotes and stories of his games with both England and the Royal Navy.

Illustrated with eight full page black and white photographs.
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Players and Slayers. With some Remarks and Reminiscences of Bernard Fanning.) - Inscribed and Annotated - Leo Fanning

1910 - Gordon & Gotch, Wellington - First Edition
A rare copy of this idiosyncratic collection of articles on New Zealand rugby, inscribed and annotated by the author.

Leo Fanning has not only inscribed this copy to the artist Maurice Poulton ‘
with good wishes 27 Aug 58’ but he also adds hand-written comments to ‘A Barmaid’s Monologue’ (page 135) to which he writes ‘a “fake” interview. Those were the days of young barmaids.’ and also his article ‘A Handy Man’s Lament’ (page 140) to which he adds by hand ‘Another “fake” - The “local colour” for this splurge was got from a tramp across the South Island with Sid Jenkinson on February, 1899’’.

Bernard Fanning, who supplies the additional ‘
remarks and reminiscences’, was a Canterbury Lock, and All Black (1903 22-3 vs Australia, in Sydney). 
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Fifty Years of Rosslyn Park - C. C. Hoyer Millar

1929 - Printed Privately for the Club by Wyman & Sons Ltd., London - First Edition
Rosslyn Park Football Club was founded over 130 years ago in 1879 by departees of Belsize Park RFC and named after Rosslyn Hill in NW3, the club became the first club based in England to play rugby internationally when it faced Stade Francais in Paris on 18 April 1892.

This is the most comprehensive history of the club, illustrated with twenty black and white photographs.
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The Rugby Football Annual 1922-23 - Charles Marriott (editor)

1922 - Walker & Co., 38 Heath Road - First Edition
A near fine and thus scarce example of the sixth issue of this annual which ran up to 1939-40 and is the primary reference for rugby in this period.

Beginning with articles on notable rugby men, summing up of the seasons matches teams and players; Club Football in 1921-1922,; Half-Back Play; How to Coach a School Team; The Game in the North; followed by results of international, public school, and Oxbridge matches, with players; The Laws of the Game of Football as played by The Rugby Football Union; and finally a list of international and local fixtures for the coming season.

Interspersed throughout with wonderful period advertisements and black and white photographs.
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Football – The Rugby Union Game - Rev. F. Marshall (editor)

1892 - Cassell & Company, London - First Edition
The classic 19th century history of rugby and earliest published complete history of the game, illustrated with black and white photographs throughout.

Despite the title this is a comprehensive history published prior to the great split of 1895 into Rugby Union (remaining an amateur sport for a further century) and Rugby League (which allowed players to receive compensation, initially as long as they had a regular job, with full time professionalism coming much later).

The early chapters include a history of the origin of the game, and the different games played at the public schools of Rugby, Eton, Harrow, Winchester and the Scottish Schools. Histories of the the formation of the English, Scottish, Irish & Welsh Unions appear in various chapters throughout the book as well as lengthy chapters of rugby at Oxbridge. Other important chapters include overseas tours, international matches and players.
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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