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The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway

1952 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Issue
‘I am a strange old man’.

‘But are you strong enough now for a truly big fish?’

‘I think so. And there are many tricks’.


A fine copy in bright dust jacket.
 
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John MacGregor (”Rob Roy”) - Edwin Hodder

1894 - Hodder Brothers, London - Second Edition
The comprehensive biography of the father of modern kayaking - John MacGregor (1825-91), known as ‘Rob Roy’.

Son of General Sir Duncan MacGregor, his schooling followed his fathers postings which included Canterbury and Dublin he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, having shown a talent for mathematics. His ambition to become a missionary was blocked after an argument with a superior who was a second-generation Polish immigrant who argued that MacGregor losing his temper and expressing anti-Polish sentiment was unbecoming of a missionary and he began a career as a Barrister but being of independent means he was able to follow his passion for travel.

MacGregor was a champion marksman but turned to boating when a railroad accident left him unable to hold a rifle steady. He designed his own boat, modelled after Indian canoes, 15 feet long, 28 inches wide, nine inches deep and weighed 80 pounds (36 kg) to be used with a double-bladed paddle. He named the boat Rob Roy after the celebrated Scottish outlaw of the same name, to whom he was related. During the 1860s, he had at least seven similar boats built and he sailed and paddled them in Europe, the Baltic and the Middle East.

MacGregor was a moderate, but very devout, Christian (he was in fact secretary of the Protestant League no less and believed in a ‘muscular Christianity’ based around exploits like kayaking), and was chairman of the Humane Society. He moved in high circles counting Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson among his friends, both of whom he persuaded to take up paddling. More than anything, MacGregor was instrumental in social reform in Victorian London, by association with another important friend, the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. Together they set up the Shoe-Black Brigade to offer better education prospects to the sort of wastrels that Dickens wrote about and would take MacGregor to see on his famous long, London walks.
 
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The British Angler's Manual, Or, The Art Of Angling In England, Scotland, Wales, And Ireland. With Some Account Of The Principal Rivers, Lakes, And Trout Streams, In The United Kingdom; With Instructions In Fly-Fishing, Trolling, And Angling At The Bottom, And More Particularly For The Trout. Embellished with numerous engravings on steel and wood, chiefly from original pictures and drawings by the author. - Thomas C. Hofland

1839 - Whitehead & Co. / R. Ackermann, London - First Edition
An angling treatise ‘the result of more than thirty years’ practice’ by the eminent English landscape painter, Thomas Christopher Hofland [1777-1843]. ‘An agreeably written and beautifully illustrated work’.

Most of the steel engraved plates are by the author (nine views and four exquisite engravings of artificial flies) along with many of the 39 woodcuts. Two of the plates are in facsimile.
 
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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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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. - Horace G. Hutchinson (Duke of Beaufort, Editor; Assisted by Alfred E.T. Watson).

1890 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘One of the great books of the sport and deserves an honoured spot in every golf library.’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

An unusually bright sharp and mostly uncut copy, in a fine custom clamshell case with tipped-on
Vanity Fair colour print of the flamboyant Horace Hutchinson himself. Covering the history of golf, celebrated golfers and celebrated links, styles, etiquette, giving odds, and, I assume, relevant for the day - ‘hints to cricketers who are taking up golf’. Illustrated by Thomas Hodge and Harry Furniss with 22 plates, several woodcuts in text, and many further illustrations.

Hutchinson, one of the best sports writers and editors of his era, was also an accomplished golfer, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, winner of the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and known for his comment that ‘
if profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. 
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1912 - Longmans, London - First Edition
An interesting and broad ranging collection of articles on how to play golf by turn of the century highly respected writes and players such as Bernard Darwin, and May Hezlet. Illustrated throughout with 66 early black and white photographs.

Scarce in the original bright pictorial boards, clearly demonstrating how fashion on the links is no longer what it used to be.

In five parts -
How to Learn; Elementary Instruction; From the Professional’s Point of View; Men of Genius; and From the Ladies Point of View. 
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Golfing - The “Oval” Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (Editor)

1893 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A rather scarce first edition of this early golfing title, in the original pictorial paper boards, without restoration or rebinding.

By the great Horace Hutchinson, an accomplished golfer who won the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and he was also a writer of considerable skill.

Illustrated with three black and white photographic plates.
 
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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) - Jerome K. Jerome

1909 - J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., Bristol - Early Edition
One of the funniest English books ever written, and if you like to play on the water, should be required reading. In the words of Jerome K. Jerome ‘other books may excel this in depth of thought and knowledge of human nature: other books may rival it in originality and size; but, for hopeless and incurable veracity, nothing yet discovered can surpass it.’

An early edition, brilliantly illustrated throughout with small sketches and full page plates by A. Frederics.
 
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