Rare Sports and Leisure Books for Sale Online

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  • First Edition of A Book of Travellers' Tales; Signed by Eric Newby

    Newby, Eric.

    A Book of Travellers’ Tales.

    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.

    Price: $275.00

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  • First Edition Of Tennis Great Pete Sampras’ Autobiography; Signed By Him

    Sampras, Pete.

    A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis.

    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.

    Price: $150.00

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  • First Edition of a cocktail continentale concocted in 24 countries; Inscribed by Bruce Reynolds

    Reynolds, Bruce.

    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.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition of A History of Fly Fishing For Trout; Inscribed by John Waller Hills

    Hills, John Waller.

    A History of Fly Fishing For Trout.

    London: Philip Allan & Company, 1921.

    First edition, first state binding of this classic on fly fishing. Octavo, original olive green cloth with gilt titles and an angling device on the front panel. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Robinson with the author’s best wishes, and in memory of a delightful, if unprofitable visit to Canada John W. Hills 1927.” In near fine condition with light foxing to the page edges. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare.

    Price: $975.00

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  • First Edition of A History of Fly Fishing For Trout

    Hills, John Waller.

    A History of Fly Fishing For Trout.

    London: Philip Allan & Company, 1921.

    First edition of this classic on fly fishing. Octavo, original original cloth. In near fine condition with some toning to the spine.

    Price: $95.00

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  • "A classic in the literature of golf": First Edition of A History of Golf in Britain; Signed by Bernard Darwin

    Darwin, Bernard, et al; Foreword by Sir George Cunningham.

    A History of Golf In Britain.

    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.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • "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

    Darwin, Bernard.

    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.

    Price: $30.00

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  • Signed by John D. Rockefeller

    Rockefeller, John D.

    A Visit to Mr. John D. Rockefeller by Neighbors & Friends at Forest Hill.

    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.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    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.

    Price: $650.00

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  • “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

    Wilson, William (Bill W.).

    Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism.

    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.

    Price: $36,000.00

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  • Autographed Check From Amelia Earhart to Her Husband

    Earhart, Amelia.

    Amelia Earhart Signed Check.

    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.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • First Edition of Walter Camp’s American Football

    Camp, Walter.

    American Football.

    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.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Langley, Roger.

    American Ski Annual and Skiing Journal.

    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.

    Price: $150.00

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  • "There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men": First Edition of Maurice Herzog's Annapurna; Inscribed by Him

    Herzog, Maurice.

    Annapurna: The First 8,000 Metre Peak (26,493 Feet).

    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.

    Price: $950.00

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  • First Edition of Arnold Palmer's Golf Book "Hit it Hard!"; Inscribed by Him

    Palmer, Arnold.

    Arnold Palmer’s Golf Book “Hit it Hard!”

    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.

    Price: $500.00

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  • One of the Most Rare Baseball Books; First Edition of Baseball in Cincinnati: A History

    Ellard, Harry.

    Baseball In Cincinnati: A History.

    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.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • First Edition of Basketball is My Life; Inscribed by Celtics Legend Bob Cousy

    Cousy, Bob.

    Basketball Is My Life.

    Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice Hall, 1958.

    First edition the Celtics legend’s autobiography. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Bob Cousy. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $225.00

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  • Kasparov, Gary & Raymond Keene.

    Batsford Chess Openings 2.

    New York: Macmillan Books/ Collier Books, 1989.

    First Edition. Octavo. Illustrated in wrappers in near fine condition as issued. Signed by chess champion Gary Kasparov.

    Price: $475.00

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  • "All that matters on the chessboard is good moves": First edition of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess; inscribed by grandmaster Bobby Fischer.

    Fischer, Bobby.

    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.

    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.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • "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

    Parker, Robert M.; Drawings by Christopher Wormell.

    Bordeaux: The Definitive Guide for the Wines Produced Since 1961.

    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.

    Price: $350.00

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