Rare Sports and Leisure Books for Sale Online
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New York: Viking Press, 1985.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears.
New York: Crown Publishers, 2008.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by tennis great Pete Sampras on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
A Cocktail Continentale: Concocted in 24 Countries Served in 38 Sips and a Kick Guaranteed. A Travel Tale That Reads Like Lightning.
New York: George Sully, 1926.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Arthur Knox- who once gave me “Hard Knocks”- but me me love him Bruce Reynolds January Tenth 1927.” A travel tail that reads like lightning. Frontispiece and 11 full page illustrations by Russell Patterson. In near fine condition.
"Everyone who loves the game should read A Golf Story" (Jack Nicklaus); First Edition of Charles Price's A Golf Story: Bobby Jones, Augusta National, and the Masters Tournament
New York: Atheneum , 1986.
First edition of this golf classic. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Small name to the half title page, near fine in a fine dust jacket.
"A classic in the literature of golf": First Edition of A History of Golf in Britain; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Cassell & Company, 1952.
First edition. Quarto, original green cloth. Signed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper. Frontispiece of John Taylor, illustrations throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the front panel and one to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Bernard Darwin are rare.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's A Round With Darwin
London: Souvenir Press, 1984.
First edition of this collection of essays by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Cleveland: Vinson & Korner Co, 1905.
Octavo, original boards. Signed by John D. Rockefeller beneath his frontispiece. One of 425 numbered copies, this is number 396. The work commemorates the day John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, was visited by 300 Cleveland businessmen outside his home. Included are 38 pages of the speeches delivered that day, including ones given by Liberty E. Holden and Andrew Squire, and the speech given by Rockefeller in response. In very good condition, rebacked. Rare and desirable.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities.
“When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away": Rare First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous; Warmly Inscribed by Bill Wilson
New York: Works Publishing Company, 1939.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Dear John Grant- We have come a long way since this volume was printed. Please have my gratitude for all you have done to make this possible- Ever Devotedly Bill Wilson NY 3/15/60.” In near fine condition with light rubbing to the spine, name above inscription. Without the rare dust jacket. First printings are rare, signed and inscribed copies exceptionally so.
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891.
First edition of the first book on American football. Small octavo, original blue cloth with gilt cover design of American double-eagles clutching footballs. With 31 photographs of stars from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. In near fine condition with a touch of wear to the extremities.
Barre, MA, 1952-, 1954.
Octavo, three volumes from 1952-1954. Contains numerous articles and all three volumes have the original reply envelopes. The 1954 volume is the Fiftieth Anniversary. All volumes are in very good to near fine condition.
"There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men": First Edition of Maurice Herzog's Annapurna; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1952.
First edition in English, preceding the American edition by one year. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author who has added “June 3rd 1950” the day the summit was reached. Some light foxing to the page edges in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1961.
First British edition of Arnold Palmer’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Arnold Palmer on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the front panel and light rubbing.
Cincinnati: Press of Johnson & Hardin, 1907.
First edition. One of 500 numbered copies, this copy is 309. Octavo, original cloth. Rubbing to the cloth extremities, one page has an old tape repair, overall a good copy of this rare book.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice Hall, 1958.
First edition the Celtics legends autobiography. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Bob Cousy. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"All that matters on the chessboard is good moves": First edition of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess; inscribed by grandmaster Bobby Fischer.
New York: Basic Systems, 1966.
First edition. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “From Bobby Fischer to Dr. Eleander.” In near fine condition with very light shelf wear and toning the spine. Books signed or inscribed by Fischer are rare.
"Always remember the #1 rule of tasting- Always smell it first": First Edition of Robert M. Parker's Bordeaux: The Definitive Guide for the Wines Produced Since 1961; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
First edition of Robert M. Parker’s first book and definitive classic in the field. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To James Always remember the #1 rule of tasting- Always smell it first All the best Robert M. Parker.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.