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: $325.00

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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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  • "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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  • “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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  • First edition of Arnold Palmer’s Golf Book "Hit It Hard"; Signed by Him

    Palmer, Arnold.

    Arnold Palmer’s Golf Book "Hit It Hard!”

    New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1961.

    First edition of Arnold Palmer’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Arnold Palmer on the front free endpaper. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket that has some chips and tears.

    Price: $975.00

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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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  • Signed Photograph of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers

    Robinson, Jackie; Roy Campanella; Duke Snider; Pee Wee Reese.

    Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Photograph.

    Black and white photograph of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers signed by Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Dale Mitchell, and five others in ink. The silver gelatin print measures 6.5 inches by 8.5. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable signed by these baseball legends.

    Price: $7,800.00

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  • Collection of Rare Bugatti Ephemera and Bugantics

    Bugatti.

    Bugantics and Bugatti Ephemera.

    Various.

    Bugantics: The Bugatti Owners Club Magazine London. Buggatti Owners Club. 1951-1955 20 Issues in 10 Volumes. Profusely illustrated with photographs, tables, advertising, drawings. Octavo, bound in publisher’s original pictorial gilt titled and decorated binding notebooks. Run extends: Volume 1 No.2 (September 1931) – Volume 18 No. 4 (December 1955). Also, an extremely rare copy of the original Parts Catalogue for the renowned Bugatti Type 57. Twenty detailed schematic plates in a spread pin folder from 1935. Also, the original sales brochure for the Bugatti Type 57 8 cylinder 3.3 litre 4 seater Saloon model.1935. Three original sales brochures for the Bugatti Type 55 2.3 litre Supercharged Roadster and the Bugatti Type 57 3.3. Litre 4 Passenger Coupe. c.1935. (brochures are the same). One single sheet announcement for the issue of the Bugatti 400 CV. 1935. One single Spec sheet for the Bugatti Type 57, 1939. One single price sheet for various Bugatti models, 1934. One original sales brochure for the Bugatti Type 101 Berline and Coach models. c.1951. The ephemera is contained in an original Art Deco styled Bugatti, decorative gilt stamped cardboard portfolio c. 1935.

    Price: $2,750.00

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  • Rare Early Twentyfour Year Run of Bugantics: Bugatti Owner's Club Manuals

    Bugatti.

    Bugantics: Bugatti Owner’s Club.

    London: Bugatti Owner's Club, 1931-1955.

    One Hundred Issues of Bugantics. Octavo, 9 Volumes, bound in the original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorated tooling. Profusely illustrated with photographs, tables, brilliant period advertising and drawings. These bound volumes, prepared by the Bugatti Owner’s Club by special subscription, were compiled without covers, the design of which has remained the same since its inception. The run extends: Volume 1 No.2 (September 1931); Volume 18 No. 4 (December 1955). The last pre-war issue was Volume 8 No. 6 (November 1939). Publication was then halted due to the Second World War and resumed publication with Volume 9 No. 1 in January 1946. But for the missing, extremely rare Volume 1 No. 1, this is a complete 24 year run. In near fine condition with only light wear. An exceptional set of these rare early issues.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • "Belongs in Every Golfer’s Library": First Edition of Golfing Great Byron Nelson’s First Book; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    Nelson, Byron.

    Byron Nelson’s Winning Golf.

    New York: A.S. Barnes, 1946.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Byron Nelson on the front endpage, “To my best marshall/ good luck always to/ Henry Jansen/ Golfingly/ Byron Nelson." Inside the front panel contains the picture of Nelson and Jansen together holding this copy of the book. Some offsetting to the front endpage, else near fine in a good jacket that has a chip to the crown of the spine panel.

    Price: $975.00

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  • Rare Limited Edition of Chakkar: Polo Around the World

    Edited by Herbert Spencer; Photography by Fred Mayer.

    Chakkar: Polo Around the World.

    1971.

    First edition. Quarto, original leatherette binding, illustrated throughout. No 92 of 600 limited edition printed and bound especially for noted Olympic Equestrian family with a portfolio of 10 historic polo photographs. Contains essays by Prince Philip, Hanut Singh, Earl Moutbatten, Juan Carlos Harriott, Cecil Smith, Ricardo Santamarina, Baron de Rothschild and Robert Skene. Rare.

    Price: $800.00

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