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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 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 Bernard Darwin's A Friendly Round; Inscribed by Him

    Darwin, Bernard.

    A Friendly Round.

    London: Mills & Boon, 1922.

    First edition of this collection of Darwin’s golf columns from The London Times. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper, “To G.M. from the author with his best regards. Sept. 1922.” It was customary for Darwin to sign “from the author”, which denoted a personal affiliation with the recipient. Rare and desirable, signed and inscribed.

    Price: $2,800.00

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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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  • Rare First Edition of A History of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews 1754-1900

    Everard, H.S.C.

    A History of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews 1754-1900.

    Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1907.

    First edition of “one of the most handsome books in the library of golf.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles an tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, illustrated with numerous plates from photographs and paintings, including some color plates. In near fine condition. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of Patric Dickinson's A Round of Golf Course; Lengthily Inscribed by Him

    Dickinson, Patric.

    A Round of Golf Courses.

    London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1922.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations from photographs, course maps. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Judge Sherman from Patric Dickinson in memory of a happy evening June 14, 1952 and because The Rye Golf Club and The Apawamis Golf Club should also be united.” Foreword by Bernard Darwin. From the library of Joseph Murdoch, with his bookplate, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Murdoch 202; D&M 15070; D&J D4350.

    Price: $650.00

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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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  • "Oh! Never Fly Conceals a Hook Fish Say, in the Eternal Brook": First edition of Frank Gray Griswold's A Salmon River

    Griswold, Frank Gray.

    A Salmon River.

    New York: Dutton's, 1928.

    First edition of Griswold’s guide to fishing freshwater salmon for sport. Octavo, original boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Frontispiece illustration of the “Griswold Gray” lure with tissue guard, illustrated with photographs and maps. In very good condition.

    Price: $100.00

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  • First Edition of Stirling Moss' A Turn at the Wheel; Signed by Him

    Moss, Stirling.

    A Turn At the Wheel.

    London: William Kimber, 1961.

    First edition of Moss’ races, which cover the years 1957-1960, the most productive of his career. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Stirling Moss on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice example.

    Price: $450.00

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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; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    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, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • "There is delight in the hardy life of the open": 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 trade edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original color pictorial green cloth lettered in gilt, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated from photographs, drawings. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities, hinges repaired.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and Three Scientists from the African Trip

    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, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and the three scientists from his expedition on the front free endpaper, Theodore Roosevelt; Good Luck! Edgar A. Mearns; Edmund Heller; Best wishes J. Alden Loring kind regards. The men joined Roosevelt and his son Kermit as part of his principal team. Edgar A. Mearns was an ornithologist and longtime friend of Roosevelt’s, Edmund Heller, a zoologist and taxidermist for the Smithsonian Institution with previous experience in Africa, and J. Alden Loring, a mammalogist and field collector. Loring and Heller supplied some of the photographs that illustrate Roosevelt’s book, one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics (Czech), while Loring and Mearns both contributed to the appendices. Appendix C contains Loring’s notes on East Africa, and Roosevelt drew on Mearns’s notes of his and Loring’s biological survey of Mount Kenya, undertaken while Roosevelt was on a solo hunt. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. He was determined not to hire laboratory scientists (little scientific men), and instead sought out these professional naturalists with experience in the field. Roosevelt was as much a museum naturalist as Heller, Loring, or Mearns, but he also understood the importance of conveying his passion to a much broader audience (Lunde, p. 240). In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A unique example.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    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, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • First Edition of Eleanor Helme's After the Ball: Merry Memoirs of a Golfer

    Helme, Eleanor E.

    After the Ball: Merry Memoirs of a Golfer.

    London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd, 1931.

    First edition of this memoir by Elenor Helme. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. With 109 illustrations by Charles Ambrose. In very good condition.

    Price: $100.00

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  • Alcoholics Anonymous: in the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    Wilson, William (Bill W.).

    Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.

    New York: Alcoholics Anonymous, 1947.

    First edition, eleventh printing of Bill Wilson’s classic work, one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. Octavo, original red cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice example, uncommon in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $1,400.00

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  • First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits; Signed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.

    First edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Illustrated with 52 specially prepared maps.

    Price: $375.00

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  • "The Best Way to Learn about Wine is the Drinking": First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France; Inscribed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

    First edition of America’s foremost wine connoisseur’s comprehensive guide to the wines of France. Octavo, original half cloth, with 8 pages of photographs and 22 maps. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ian White who was able to see at Chat. Prieure-L that the 1980’s will be quite promising. Best wishes, Alexis Lichine. Margaux Vendauge 1980.” The recipient, Ian White, received the book during a visit to Lichine’s estate and vineyard in Maurguax, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Lichine purchased the estate in 1951, the wine produced from its vineyards was classified as one of only ten Fourth Growths in the historic Bourdeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket photograph by Neal Slavin.

    Price: $400.00

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  • Alexis Lichine's New Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits; Inscribed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s New Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.

    Early printing of the revised edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Dan Chapin best wishes Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R. Scuddellari. In collaboration with William Fifield and with the assistance of Jonathan Bartlett, Jane Stockwood, and John Laird.

    Price: $225.00

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