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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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Official Program featuring Bruce Lee's Karate Debut at the International Karate Championships, Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, Los Angles, 1964, - with - the 1965 program -

1964Los Angeles
a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…

Extremely rare 1964 ‘Official Program’ of the inaugural International Karate Championship, where 23 year-old Bruce Lee’s was first introduced to the world with an 8½ -minute demonstration, together with the 1965 ‘Official Program’. Both in fine condition.

This 1964 martial arts tournament, with 850 competing contenders, was the first of an annual event still in existence, it was held by Kenpo Grandmaster Ed Parker at a time when, perhaps because of the mass media spy craze, there was growing general interest in Karate outside of military and aficionado circles.

The 1964 program includes congratulatory ads by movie stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and “Pink Panther” film director Blake Edwards. The 21st item on the 1964 program was “
Demonstration by Bruce Lee”. There is also a photograph of him on the Demonstrations page, captioned “a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…” (including two-finger push-ups).

Lee did not appear at the 1965 event, but a photograph of his 1964 appearance was included in the photo-montage on the verso of the 1965 title-page. These programs, sold only at the tournaments, are even more rare than Lee’s 1963 book,
Chinese Gung-Fu, The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, published in Oakland in a limited edition of 500 copies. 
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Mr Punch's Golf Stories -

Circa 1920 - The Educational Book Co. Ltd. by arrangement with The Proprietors of “Punch”., London
A fine copy in attractive recent binding, with numerous anecdotes and 136 illustrations.

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.
 
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Broad-Sword and Single-Stick - With chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillelah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and other Weapons of Self-Defence - The All-England Series - R. G. Allanson-Winn, C. Phillipps-Wolley

1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
This rare and oft quoted work on Victorian martial arts, was written by two acknowledged experts in the field, both members of of the Inns of Court School at Arms, one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800’s.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with examples of various weapons and equipment, diagrams indicating positions of attack and defence, and delightful, vintage sports-related advertisements.

If quite unacquainted with fencing, broad-sword, stick-play or bayonet-exercise, never be tempted into a bout with the quarter-staff.’ - C. Phillipps-Wolley. 
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Cadet to Commodore - Albert B. Armitage

1925 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
‘This fine personal record shows us the spirit of the British Merchant Service in peace and war, and repeats the unchanging call of the sea. Late Commodore of the P. & 0. Co.'s fleet, Captain Armitage (1864-1943) was not too late, in his early days, to learn the hard discipline of sails, " to shoot the sun," and take a trick at the wheel. Going " into steam," he rose rapidly in rank and took part in two Polar expeditions, with Scott on the Discovery Expedition as second in command, and on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to meet up with Nansen.

Here are amusing experiences of passengers, royal or otherwise. We like the alluring advertisement of a small steamship company—" A Surgeon, a Stewardess and an Experienced Cow." The cow, -presumably, knew all about the crying needs of infants-in-arms.’ - from
The Spectator review of October 1925. 
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Wrestling - Walter Armstrong

1889 - George Bell and Sons, London - First Edition
A scarce fine copy of this little treatise on wrestling from The All-England Series.

In addition to the various English styles, there are chapters on Scottish, French German and Japanese wrestling.

With 26 illustrations from sketches and photographs.
 
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Days and Nights of Shikar - Mrs. W. W. Baillie

1921 - John Lane, London and New York - First Edition
‘Mrs Baillie seems to have been an incurable big-game hunter. She was married to a clergyman stationed in the Deccan; from there (rarely accompanied by the gentle padre) she made expeditions as far afield as Chamba in the Himalaya and Dharwar towards the south, in search of trophies to bring home to England.

‘This book is less bloodthirsty, than many; the worst moments in it are no concerned with the poor animals’ appointment with death, but with the author's own, which she managed to postpone twice at the very last minute.

‘The first time was on a night shoot from Bilaspur, near Simla. She had placed a goat’s carcass as a decoy under the hammock; unfortunately, just as an obliging tiger was approaching, the hammock string snapped and bowled Mrs Baillie into the mess below. Meanwhile the tiger fled away.

‘A closer shave involved a black bear, who caught our heroine as she fell from a rock, first chewing her leg and then making off with her head–for which it luckily mistook her sola topi, The leg healed after five weeks in hospital, and nothing daunted, Mrs Baillie lived to shoot another day.’ – Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Five Chip Hilton classics – Dugout Jinx, Fence Busters, Hardcourt Upset, No-Hitter, and Triple-Threat Trouble - Clair Bee

1952 - Grosset & Dunlap, New York - First Editions
Five first editions from the inspirational Chip HIlton sports story series, written by the successful college basketball coach and 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Clair Bee.

Dugout Jinx – During the last week of that hectic baseball season, it was Chip from his position on the dugout bench who was able to solve the baffling puzzle of what had happened to the team’s pitchers and its general morale.

Fence Busters – There is a lot of wonderful baseball in this Chip Hilton story, and a lot of good sportsmanship and clean manhood besides. These friends of Chip’s have what it takes to pull a demoralized and strife-torn team out of the dumps and get it back at busting fences again.

Hardcourt Upset – When Chip Hilton, sensational scoring sophomore, is benched by a knee injury, and the basketballchampions are beaten by Tech, their home-town rivals, things take a turn for the worse.

No-Hitter – After helping State University win the N.C.A.A. baseball championship through his superb pitching, Chip Hilton had looked forward to a pleasant summer at home in Valley Falls. But when State was selected to represent the United States i a college baseball series with two of Japan’s finest teams, Chip, like his teammates, was thrilled by the opportunity.

Triple-Threat Trouble – Chip Hilton, All-America quarterback and captain of State University’s team faces one of the most challenging situations he has ever encountered on the gridiron. 
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