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Shamrock V's Wild Voyage Home - INSCRIBED - Captain Irving Johnson, Charles A. Wilson (illustrator)

1933 - Milton Bradley Company, Springfield - First Edition
Inscribed from Johnson to Lieutenant-Commander Nixon ‘who enjoys a sail as only one who was brought up in sail can'.

American sail training pioneer, adventure and professional sailor Captain Irving McClure Johnson’s first book, in which the word ‘adventure’ is a slight understatement. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, vignettes sketched by Wilson, and schematics of the yacht.

‘Johnson was a crew member on Sir Thomas Lipton’s
Shamrock V on her return to England in the autumn of 1930 following the America’s Cup races She encountered a hurricane and numerous storms. After working his way home on the steamer Olympic, Johnson joined Warwick Tompkins’ Wanderbird as mate for the 1931 transatlantic race from Newport, R. I. to Plymouth. He crewed on George Roosevelt’s Mistress for the Fastnet, and then rejoined Wanderbird for a northern European ‘cruise’ and the voyage back to the United States.’ - Toy, Adventures Afloat. 
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The Salmon Fly: How to Dress it and How to Use it - Geo. M. Kelson

1895 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
One of the finest books produced on the Salmon Fly, for the passionate fly fisherman, with eight beautiful full page colour plates of flies, and over 120 black and white wood engraved illustrations. In The Salmon Fly, George Kelson boldly and confidently distilled a lifetime of salmon fishing wisdom into this privately published work. In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom felt lined slipcase.

The first part of the book is devoted to the techniques of tying the salmon fly as well as patterns for individual flies. The second part is devoted to the practical aspects of fishing for salmon with the fly, locating fish, casting techniques, catching and landing fish and various accessories and equipment.
 
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1901 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
This lovely work, is the follow up to Kelson’s large and highly successful ‘The Salmon Fly’ published in 1895. Here he gives illustrated and up to date guidance to those interested the art of catching the king of fish with a fly, in a book at such a price as will bring it within the reach of all.

Grouped into seven chapters -
The Rod to Select; The Fly to Use; Methods of Casting; Riverside Hints; Wading; Knots; and Modern Improvements.

Interspersed amongst the 25 illustrations are wonderful illustrated advertisements for Burberrys, as well as numerous advertisements to the rear. Tipped in on a separate pink sheet is a notice for the author's "
The Salmon Fly... only a few copies left".

In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom burgundy cloth slipcase
 
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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Mr. Punch On The Links - E. V. Knox, L. B. Gullick, et al.

1935 Circa - The Educational Book Company Ltd., London - First Edition
There are few pastimes that provide their followers with more innocent merriment than is afforded by “the royal and ancient”.

It may be taken that there is no better way of reducing a man’s self-conceit than to place him on the teeing ground for the first time, present him with a driver and invite him to strike a little rubber-cored ball to a distance of 200 yards in a given direction.

Consequently we have here most excellent material for fun; and you may depend upon it MR. PUNCH has not had his eyes long shut to the humours of the links.

Finely bound, and abounding with numerous anecdotes, highlighted with 260 illustrations and a fabulously 1920’s colour frontispiece, not by Edvard Munch.
 
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Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas - Frederick Kohner

1957 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Printing
‘I’m writing this down because I once heard that when you’re getting older you’re liable to forget things and I’d sure be the most miserable woman in the world if I ever forgot what happened this summer’.

Meet
Gidget, (‘girl + midget = Gidget’) the plucky, bikini-clad, teenage girl who surfed her way into kitschy American pop culture in 1957 with her spirited tales of surfboards, waves, guys, hopes, and dreams. With illustrations by Ronald Wing.

The correct 1957 first printing [Bill McBride's Reference] in a first issue dust jacket with the letter "G" (for Gidget) above the 2.75 publisher's price on the dj flap. Author's photo on back of jacket. PRICE CHANGED FROM 3800 TO 3200


Created by Austrian-born novelist and screenwriter Frederick Kohner (1905-1986) who relocated to America in the early 1930s where he became a screenwriter for Columbia Pictures, the fictional character of
Gidget and her beach adventures were inspired by his diminutive daughter Kathy’s accounts of the surf culture of Malibu, California, and the summers she spent there, ‘shooting the curl’, as a teenager.

Gidget went on to inspire a series of novels, films, and television series, and would be recreated on both stage and screen by numerous actresses, including Sandra Dee and Sally Field. 
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Small Yachts - C. P. Kunhardt

1885 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
A magnificent example of this large (38 x 29 cm) and important folio by the pioneering yacht designer, artist, draftsman, journalist and writer Charles P. Kunhardt, finely illustrated with 63 plates (three of which are folding), numerous full page drawings, sketches, schematics, as well as vignettes throughout the text.

Due to the fragile nature of the paper used, this work is rarely encountered in original publisher’s binding and with the interior in such piping clean condition.
 
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The Modern Conjurer and Drawing Room Entertainer - Charles Lang Neil

1903 - C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., London - First English Edition, first state, with ‘Neil’ spelled incorrectly on spine as ‘Niel’
‘It is the quickness of hand that deceives the eye...’

‘This is a thorough manual for the conjurer’s art.’
– The Spectator

An excellent and uncommon copy of this important book on magic, and one of the earliest to use photographs to convey body language and hand movements for various sleights and tricks, with more than 500 photographic illustrations throughout. With explanations of illusions by leading magicians of the period, including John Nevil Maskelyne, Félician Trewey, Thomas Nelson Downs, Mademoiselle Patrice, and Paul Valadon, among others. First published in New York in 1902, but this, the first English edition has the added advantage of a detailed bibliography of conjuring books.

Considered to have one of the two best descriptions of the pass, the other was by S.W.E. Erdnase in ‘
The Expert at the Card Table’.

Features an introduction by English magician Charles Bertram, and chapters on card, coin, and parlour tricks, plate spinning, chapeaugraphy, paper folding, and shadowgraphy, together with an extensive bibliography of books on conjuring and a list of prices for the necessary ‘apparatus and requisites’ to perform the described tricks.
 
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