London: Printing-Craft, Ltd., 1914. Hard Cover. First Edition. First UK Edition. 75 pp., plus 5 pp. chess book ads. Covers and spine are soiled. Lower half of hinge at front cover split. Rear hinge is worn. Spine ends worn. Corners are a bit worn. Hinges are separated at eps. Ffep ghosted. B/w frontis photo, with identification of individual members of the "St. Petersburg Chess Congress" in the photo. Interior is slightly aged, but is clean, crisp and tight. Scarce! Good.
Sports, Games & Hobbies
New York: The MacMillan Co., 1922. Hardcover. As. 190 pp. 8vo. Cover has black title and rules front and spine, drawing of figures doing gymnastics in black and pink. All corners lightly bumped, spine ends creased. Endpapers have some age toning. Some intermittent creasing throughout.
vA text on physical training which teaches teens to perform while they are developing strength and health, with photo illustrations. Join the circus, get healthy! Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. 247 pp. B/w photo ills. Covers lettered on spine in bright white. Slightest sun to spine heel. Green pictorial dj is unclipped, priced. Author photo on back cover. Subtitle: "With illustrations that can be made to move." P.o. has signed t.p., and also used an embossed stamp there and on other prelims. Author won 37 national championships. The book is designed with b/w photos on every page so that when the reader flicks through the pages rapidly, the effect is of motion. Clean and bright, an interesting curiousity. Our only "Flicker book." Very Good / very good.
London: Country Life Limited, 1939. First edition, 192 pp. 8vo, green cloth. Very good (edges and corners bumped, spine slightly tattered). Illus. with old b/w engravings. Fascinating compendium of terminology and hunting lore from ancient times to the present, including group terms such as a clowder of cats, a rag of colts, a harras of horses. Bibliography, appendices.
Lea, Tom. San Carlos, CA: Nourse Publishing Company, 1949. Wraps. First Edition. 8vo. 24 pp. Yellow paper wraps with Tom Lea illustation on front cover, soiling to cover, chipping to top edge of front and rear cover. Clean within. Illustrated throughout by renowned Texas author and artist, Tom Lea. Good.
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1932. Hardcover. As. 189 pp. B/w diagram ills. Cover is unevenly faded with worn extremities. Red title and diagram on front cover, red lettering on spine. White eps a bit soiled, as are edges. But the contents of the book are clean and tight, and contain all one could possibly want to know about human pyramid building. Two fold-out charts follow text. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1876. Full Leather. First Edition. xiii, , 403 pp. 8vo. Full red leather bindings with five raised bands at spine. Gold titling to spine, remaining compartments between bands decorated with gold embossed bridle and horseshoe illustrations. Three gold line borders surround front and rear boards with the same bridle image from the spine embossed in each corner, gold lines on board edges, creasing along hinge of front and rear boards that has lost a small amount of the leather's surface color ; gold line borders to pastedowns with two bridles embossed on foredge corner. Interiors have light staining in first pages, clean within and with original cloth covers bound in at rear. Illustrated with 10 color plates and 3 woodcuts...
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1876. Full Leather. First Edition. xiii, , 403 pp. 8vo. Full red leather bindings with five raised bands at spine. Gold titling to spine, remaining compartments between bands decorated with gold embossed illustrations of a horse and rider jumping a gate, horseshoe, polo hat and mallet, hunting horn and fox head. Two gold line borders surround front and rear boards, gold lines on board edges, creasing along hinge of front and rear boards that has lost a small amount of the leather's surface color; gold line borders to pastedowns with horseshoes embossed on foredge corners. Interiors clean and crisp within and with original cloth covers bound in at rear. Illustrated with 10 color plates with tissue guards and 3 woodcuts...
Milwaukee, WI: Joseph E. Meyer, 1911. Hardcover. Third Edition. 124 pp. Subtitle: "The Sealed Book." Covers are heavy beige colored cardboard backed with soiled ivory cloth. Covers lightly soiled but very sturdy. Book is printed on bright yellow stock and features black & white illustrations throughout. The subtitle says it all: A Treatise and Guide for the Protection of Players of Games of Chance, Such as Dice, Cards, Roulette, Slot Machines, Etc. And Investors in Stocks of Mining, Oil and Plantation Companies; Pools for Betting on the Turf, the Board of Trade, Etc. Very Good.
Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications. Paper Wraps. 64 pp. Little Blue Book No. 501. Nd; ca. 1920-30. B/w drawings of knots. Beige cover is edgeworn at front edge, sunned either side of stapled binding. Spine has small closed tears at either end. Inside is every knot you ever wanted to tie, indexed and illustrated. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First Edition. 128 pp + 12 pp. pub.ads. B/w & color ills. Blindstamped brown book has elaborate rules, edge designs, and center medallians. Front cover is gilded and marked "The Boys Own Library Summer Book." Spine trimmed in gilt, unlettered. Corners good. Front board discolored along for-edge and bottom edge, with a few soiled spots elsewhere. Marbled eps a little soiled. Some foxing to blank leaves. P.o. penciled on blank, dated Christmas 1847 and again 1857. There is a brilliantly colored frontis, framed in gilt, titled "Summer: Sheepwashing." It features, not surprisingly, boys taking sheep into a stream and washing them. Opposite this, a decorative color design labeled "Summer." Aged throughout. The book starts piously, reminding the youthful...
Plantersville, SC: Thomas G. Samworth, 1937. Hardcover. First Edition. 369 pp. 8vo. B/w photos & ills. Subtitle: "A Treatise on Modern Cartridge Components and their Assembly by the Individual Shooter into accurate Ammunition to best suit his various purposes." Brown cover lettered front and spine in bright gilt. Bottom edges mildly rubbed. All edges tinted brown. Unclipped d.j. is yellow & black, with bullets pictured on front. Dj chipped at both ends of spine and on three corners. Dj also soiled and rubbed on back. Spine aged. Internally, the book is clean and tight, although aged. Published by the self-proclaimed Small-Arms Technical Publishing Company, this is one of a series on gun smithing and associated arts. Very Good / Good.
London: Walter Spiers, 1838. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. 427,  pp. 8vo. Leather spine with five raised bands, gold titling, marbled paper insets to cover boards. Wear and scuffing to boards, small losses at corners, sunning to to spine has darkened leather from green to brown. Previous owner's bookplate on first free endpaper, marbled endpapers that match covers, front board has separated from text block but cover boards connected to spine with no tearing. There is a small note in black ink on title page. Clean within except for light foxing here and there. Good.
Alken, H.; Rawlins, T. J. London: Ackermann, 1851. Full Leather. Third Edition. ix, , 218 pp. Red leather binding with five raised bands at spine, gold embossed hunting illustrations in compartments not filled with titling, triple gold border to front and rear boards, elaborate gold tooling to turn-ins of front and rear boards. Eighteen hand colored plates, all clean and sharp. Bound by Riviere & Son. Very Good.