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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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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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The Book of Cricket: A Gallery of Famous Players - C. B. Fry (editor)

1899 circa - George Newnes, London - First Edition
A large and heavily illustrated ‘pictorial record’ of the great 19th century players and teams. In publisher’s illustrated green and gilt covers. Scarce in such a handsome condition.

With commentary by Charles Burgess Fry, ‘the greatest all-round sportsman of his time, and perhaps of any time. A top performer at cricket, athletics and two kinds of football, he also shone as an angler, golfer, skater and skier, rower and tennis player. Contrary to the stereotype, he was highly intelligent and a gifted writer, and as if that was not enough, he was exceptionally good-looking. His unyielding confidence in his own rightness did not always commend itself to other people, especially those in authority, but the cricket commentator John Arlott thought him ‘the most variously gifted Englishman of any age’ [
History Today]

Among Fry’s many achievements, 30,886 runs, first class batting average of 50.22, England never lost a cricket match under his captaincy, he played football for England, and also for Southampton in the FA Cup Final of 1902, played rugby for Blackheath and the Barbarians, broke the British long jump record in 1892 and equalled the world record the following year [
ESPN]

Provenance: Joseph Rowley Frisby (1879-1929), of Leicester, with his armourial bookplate. Father of Joseph Brankin-Frisby (1908-1977) who played for England and Leicestershire.
 
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Bases Loaded - A Bronc Burnett Story - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1950 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition [Scarce and not to be confused with the Grosset & Dunlap Reprint]
Inscribed ‘For a new friend Jeffrey Linck, with warmest personal regards - sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

The Sonoras battle in the Western Sectional Junior tournament and run into umpire trouble in the form of Dude LaRoach who calls an overwhelming number of freak plays. However, with the wise tips of the adored Cap'n Al Carter, sturdy teamwork and the courage of the sixteen-year-old pitcher, Bronco Burnett, who finishes a game with a bad ankle and crushed finger. Sonora triumphs and Dude LaRoach shakes Bronc's hand "with a grip that counts".
 
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The Man on the Bench - A Rocky McCune Baseball Novel - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1955 - David McKay Company, New York - First Edition
The first edition of the first in McCormick’s Rocky McCune series. Inscribed by the author ‘For my good friend Don Woodward, the kind of banker all bankers ought to be! sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

The man on the bench is Rocky McCune, a former great star at Koulee high school who comes back to his old home town as coach. He finds the once proud metropolis at the bottom of the heap, athletically, commercially and spiritually. Rocky brings new hope to a fine old town.’ 
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The Hot Corner - A Rocky McCune Baseball Novel - SIGNED - Wilfred McCormick

1958 - David McKay Company, New York - First Edition
The first edition of the second baseball novel in McCormick’s Rocky McCune series. Inscribed by the author ‘For my good friend and star pupil, Alice Woods, with warmest personal regards - sincerely Wilfred McCormick’.

Coach Rocky McCune of the Koulee Nine finds his baseball teams ethics threatening to disintegrate with the addition of brilliant but unsportsmanlike Red Bostic, the boy who specializes in spectacular plays, many of them illegal.
 
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Annals of Cricket - W. W. Read

1896 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition - One of 250 copies
A classic account of the early history of the game and autobiography of the Surrey batsman (who scored 338 against Oxford University in 1888) and who played in 18 Tests for England.

Illustrated with portrait frontispiece and 25 black and white plates.
 
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The Cricket Bat and How to Use It. - Nicholas Wanostrocht ‘Felix’ ‘An Old Cricketer’

1863 - Houlston and Wright, London - First Edition, Second Issue
A pretty example of this early and important work by the great ‘Felix’, rare in the original gilt cloth boards.

And with five such mighty cricketers 'twas but natural to win
As Felix, Wenman, Hillyer, Fuller Pilch and Alfred Mynn.

Nicholas ‘Felix’ Wanostrocht (1804-76) was a noted English amateur (’Gentleman’) cricketer, a classical scholar, musician, linguist, inventor, writer and artist. When his father died in 1824 he had inherited the running of his school, aged only nineteen, and he was afraid that the parents of pupils might think that cricket was too frivolous a pastime for a schoolmaster, so he played under the name of ‘Felix’. A specialist left-handed batsman, though he did occasionally bowl underarm slow left-arm orthodox, Felix was a mainstay of the great Kent team of the mid-19th century alongside such players as Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, William Hillyer and Ned Wenman.
 
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