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Across East African Glaciers - Hans Meyer

1891 - George Philip & Son, London - First Edition in English
A superb example of the first edition, in the publisher’s original and first state illustrated cover highlighting the snow in white and additional colour to the tents and clearing, described by Neate as ‘a most handsome volume’. With mounted chromolithographed frontispiece, three folding colour maps, eight mounted photographic plates, and twelve photogravures

‘Hans Meyer was a geologist and experienced climber who made four trips to the Kilimanjaro region in 1887-1889 culminating in his successful ascent – the first undisputed summit of Kibo, 19,340 feet, the highest of the mountain's three peaks – in 1889. In an earlier attempt, Meyer and his companion Oscar Baumann had the misfortune to arrive in the midst of an Arab revolt against German traders on the East African coast. They were captured and held hostage until a substantial ransom was paid. Meyer's ultimate success has been attributed to his recognition that the greatest obstacle to achieving the summit was the lack of food in the upper regions. He brought a sizeable and well organized party and established several camps on the mountain, allowing him to make multiple attempts at the summit without descending to the base. His lively and highly readable account of the expedition is arguably the most important work on African mountaineering.’ -
Walkabout Books. 
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Pugilistica, The History of British Boxing - Henry Downes Miles

1906 - John Grant, Edinburgh - First Edition Thus
Three volumes of the most comprehensive history of 18th and 19th century boxing ever produced.

First published in 1880, and then with added illustrations for this set of 1906. The illustrations include sixty-one full page plates, two folding plates, and numerous in-text sketches.
 
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Around the United States by Bicycle - Claude C. Murphey

1906 - Raynor & Taylor, Detroit - First Edition
An near fine and extremely rare copy of this wonderful book, profusely illustrated with drawings by Eustace Paul Ziegler, and by photograph plates from photographs taken by Clarence M. Darling.

The story of how a pair of young men, Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphy, bicycled across the United States on a wager. The terms were that the entire journey was to be completed in 1 year and 6 months time, and without a penny to their name, any funds used had to be raised from the sale of an aluminum card-receiver or ash-tray, they were not allowed to beg, work, borrow, nor steal.
 
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Practical Boat Building for Amateurs - Adrian Neison C.E.

1878 - “The Bazaar” Office, London - First Edition
A scarce work in first edition, which became very popular and was later expanded and edited by Dixon Kemp. One of the earliest books to provide the designs and details of MacGregor’s ‘Rob Roy’ canoe.

As described in the title, chapters cover -
Designing; Tools and Materials; Punts; Skiffs; The Rob Roy Canoe; The Sailing Boat; and Canoes - Canadian Bateaux–Canvas Canoe–Shooting Punt.

Illustrated throughout with vignettes, plans and diagrams.
 
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1896 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A neatly presented first edition by ‘one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects’ [World Golf Hall of Fame].

‘The first book to be written by a playing professional, and, thus, the forerunner of many books in which a champion would reveal the "secret" of his success. Park also includes important historical data on equipment, with an important chapter on course architecture.’ [Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.]

Profusely illustrated with full page plates and in-text, from photographs and wood engravings.

Bernard Darwin has this to say about Willie Park - ‘A remarkable man. Not for him the old hand-to-mouth, happy-go-lucky standards of his profession. He had a large, and successful club-making business with a London shop; he was a thoughtful golf architect, in an altogether different class to those who had pegged out greens and built rampart bunkers by rule of thumb. He had his own golf course at Huntercombe and though this was not, I fear, a pleasant speculation for him, he has left it in other hands as a pleasant monument to his skill. He was a notable and outstanding personality.’
 
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The Poetry of Sport - Hedley Peek (editor)

1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - First Edition
‘Haste, ranger, to the Athol mountains blue! Unleash the hounds, and let the bugles sing! The thousand traces in the morning dew, the bounding deer,the black-cock on the wing, bespeak the rout of Scotland’s gallant king...from cairn of Bruar to the dark Glen-Morre, the forest’s in a howl, and all is wild uproar!’

A handsomely bound edition, with a distinctly Glaswegian accent, being bound in Glasgow and owned by the renowned medical Professor David Fyfe Anderson.

Containing a chapter on classical allusions to sport by Andrew Lang, and a lively preface to the Badminton Library by A.E.T Watson. Accompanied with illustrations by artists A. Thorburn, Lucien Davis, and C.E Brock, among others, this is a lovely compilation of poetry on the subject of sport for young men in the late eighteen-hundreds, primarily depicting activities such as fishing, hunting, and shooting.
 
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1897 - A. D. Innes & Co. ‘The Isthmian Library’, London - First Edition
A scarce first edition of this comprehensive work, obviously, published during the early years of the fashionable cycling boom, and illustrated throughout with full page photographic plates and charmingly witty vignettes.

Chapters include -
Of Cycles and Cycling; The Cycle in Society by Mrs. F. Harcourt Williamson; The Choice of a Machine; How to Keep a Machine in Good Order; Humours of Cycling by Gilbert Floyd; Pneumatic Tyres and the Methods of Repairing Them; How to Ride; Touring and the Tourist’s Outfit; Rides Round London by C.P. Sisley; Racing and Training; Clubs, Cycling Institutions and Literature Devoted to the Sport; Tandems, Multicycles, Machines of Peculiar Design and Motor Cycles; and How to Build a Bicycle.

‘A how-to book, in which the author described Wells’
The wheels of chance as “ludicrously accurate.” - Jamieson, Bicycle Travel and Touring Resources. 
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Journal of Herbert Edward Pretyman, Lieutenant Grenadier Guards - Written during his Expedition to the Kittar Mountains, between Kenneh (on the Nile) and the Red Sea. 1891 - INSCRIBED - Herbert Edward Pretyman. Rev. Frederic Pretyman.

1892 - Printed for Private Circulation, London - First and Only Edition
Inscribed ‘W. H. Mills from Frederic Pretyman Gt. Carlton 1893.’

A near fine and extremely rare example of this journal which covers Pretyman’s 1891 hunting trip in the Kittar mountains, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, using the only known map of the area produced by Floyer four years earlier. Illustrated with a full page photo-lithographic plate of Herbert Pretyman, 34 other plates from photographs and a two page sketch map of the Kittar Mountains to the rear.

Lieutenant H. E. Pretyman travelled back from Ismalia to London in 1891, he died the same year, whilst Camp Adjutant at Bisley, and it is believed he had not fully recovered from a severe attack of typhoid and jaundice in 1889. His father the Rev. Frederic Pretyman arranged to have the journal published a short while later.
 
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