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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.
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.
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.
"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.
Ampersand Press, 1965.
First edition of this classic cookbook, which gives a detailed portrait of world famous restaurants that includes menus, pictures and recipes. Folio, padded copper leatherette with gilt lettering and decorations, pictorial endpapers, silk bookmark. Illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Inscribed in Vincent Price’s hand, “For Joan, our warmest wishes to you and Bon Appetite! Mary and Vincent Price.” Contemporary gift inscription to the half-title page, near fine with the original acetate jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
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.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
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. 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. A nice association, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
"There is delight in the hardy life of the open": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails
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. 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 of Bill Wilson’s classic work, one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. 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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. 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.
Full length photograph of Babe Ruth posing at a Massachusetts golf course with four other men, signed by Babe Ruth. Also signed by Massachusetts politicians John P. Feeney and Tom McEnanly. The photograph measures 7.25 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.
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.