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Alexis Badmaieff and Don Davis:
How to build Speaker Enclosures.

Slough, UK: Foulsham-Sams, [c.1970]. First or early UK edition. 144pp, illustrated. Contents fresh and clean, although 6 pages have lightly-pencilled technical notes. Ownership name to front fly. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, one corner slightly knocked. In the unclipped pictorial dust jacket: bright, top edge has slight scuffs and knocks. VG+ in VG dust-jacket.

Price: 25.00


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William Rouse:
The Doctrine of Chances, or the Theory of Gaming, made easy to every Person acquainted with common Arithmetic so as to enable them to calculate the Probabilities of Events in Lotteries, Cards, Horse Racing, Dice, &c. With Tables on Chance never before published, which from mere inspection will solve a great variety of Questions.

London: Lackington; Allen & Co: printed by Gye & Balne for the Author; n.d. [1814]. Presumed first and only edition. Engraved title, lvi, (57)-350, + errata leaf: plus two foldouts with three tables. Pages very fresh and clean: faint soiling or foxing to the engraved title. Foldouts crisp: the first is bound too tight into the gutter, so we have left the inevitable short tear (and a little folding-in along one edge) so that it can continue to be used. All edges sprinkled. In 19thC half calf: spine with raised bands and black label, compartments decorated in gilt: binding firm, with scuffs to fore-edge and to calf, marbled boards rubbed. A very good copy. VG+.

Price: 440.00


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Mrs Isabella Beeton:
The Book of Household Management.

London: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Fiftieth Thousand. xxxix, 1112pp, with many illustrations in the text, and with all the colour plates present except the frontis. All plates are foxed, and one has wear to the edges, now repaired. Text in very good order, generally clean, with occasional foxing and or soil marks. 18x11cms, rather smaller than later editions, rebacked, with gutter repairs to the original brown endpapers, in the original boards of black pebble cloth, ornately titled in gilt, with a new spine of brown cloth, plainly titled. Firm, boards rubbed, corners rounded. Wonderful early copy. VG+.

Price: 350.00


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[Elizabeth Tuckett]:
How We Spent the Summer, or a Voyage en Zigzag: in Switzerland and Tyrol, with some Members of the Alpine Club; from the Sketch Book of One of the Party.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, 1864. Second edition. Landscape format: title, dramatis personae, map, + 40pp printed recto, packed with light-hearted drawings and notes recording the party's adventures and things seen. Occasionally obtrusive - but generally light - foxing to many pages. Original red-brown endpapers with new cloth hinges. In the original pictorial boards, foxed, edges darkened and scuffed, with a new spine of brown cloth. A good firm early copy: the plates were redrawn for later editions. VG.
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Price: 225.00


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W. Robinson, F.L.S:
Gleanings from French Gardens: comprising an account of such features of French Horticulture as are most worthy of adoption in British Gardens.

London: Frederick Warne, 1868. First edition. xvi, 291, [12], illustrated. With original mauve endpapers: back of each endpaper and its adjacent page are tanned. Faded 1869 ownership name to front free endpaper, and small accidental ink mark to title page. Slight foxing at one or two openings, and the closed edges are tanned, but contents otherwise good. In the original binding of green pebble cloth over bevelled boards: front ruled in blind, with gilt foliage, bright; gilt title to the spine, which is darkened, with ends nicked and a small snag to the lower joint. Boards firm. A good copy. VG.

Price: 85.00


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Robert-Houdin: translated and edited, with notes, by Professor Hoffmann:
The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, or How to Become a Wizard.

London: Routledge, n.d. [1878]. First edition. xix, 371pp + [4] adverts. Lacks half title and one leaf of the contents pages (xiii/xiv). Pages in used condition. Original decorative pastedowns, with fairly matched replacement free endpapers. Closed edges thumbed. In the original binding of decorative green cloth: firm, very dulled and darkened. A refurbished worn copy. G.

Price: 190.00


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Agnes C. Maitland:
The Cookery Primer - for School and Home use. A Careful Collection of Recipes for very Cheap Wholesome Dishes fit for Hard-working Thrifty People. With a Variety of Hints for Hard Times.

London: John Hogg, n.d. [1888]. Presumed first edition. 158pp. Verso of title page bears an 1889 Prize inscription. Much earnest advice, and the ingredients for each recipe are priced - most meals costing only a few pennies. Contents in good condition, with some foxing to prelims, and minor spotting or slight soiling throughout. pp10-11 & 32-33 tanned from former bookmarks. Publishers' advertisements to pastedowns. In kitchen-toned decorative cloth boards, with a later black cloth spine. Firm and trim, a very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 60.00


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Stansfeld-Hicks, C.:
Yachts, Boats and Canoes: with special chapters on model yachts and single-handed sailing.

London: Sampson Low & Co., [1888 or earlier]. First UK edition. xii, 384pp, followed by 16 foldout plans, +xii (adverts); with a frontis, 8 plates, a folding displacement sheet, and many drawings in text. Adverts also to endpapers. Defective, lacking both the title page and p.xi/xii in the prelims, which should conclude the list of diagrams. First plan quite creased, but the rest are good, one or two with repairs or mis-folds. In the original binding of navy cloth with yacht in gilt on front, lettered in black, spine lettered in gilt: rebacked, conserving the yellow advertisement endpapers, and with the original worn spine laid down. Good firm working copy. [Precedes the 1888 US first edition.] Good.

Price: 160.00


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Edited by E.H. Godbold:
The Magazine of Sport. Volume I. June to December, 1888.

London: Iliffe & Son, 1888. Original edition. [iv], 448pp (continuously numbered), with six frontis plates and several head- and tail-pieces in line. After the general title page, which has some soiling, the contents are clean and in very good order, with offsetting to a few pages. Each month's edition begins with an article on a particular sportsman, and is preceded by an actual portrait photograph of the gentleman (they are all men) mounted as a frontis, with his autograph reproduced below. The September portrait is missing from this copy. Many interesting articles on subjects such as cycling, lacrosse, cricket (including 'Modern Batting' by WG Grace), modern football (Association and Rugby), moorland shooting, pike fishing, athletics, and tennis, with extensive records of contemporary sporting events, as well as sections listing new Inventions and Appliances - many of which pertain to velocipedes. There is also some fiction. In a new binding of brown cloth, spine ruled and labelled gilt with a red lettering-piece. [Publication may have ceased after the 8th issue - vide Copac]. A treasury. Very scarce. Very Good+.

Price: 320.00


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H.M. Doughty: illustrated by his daughters:
Our Wherry in Wendish Lands: From Friesland, through the Mecklenburg Lakes, to Bohemia.

London: Jarrold & Sons, n.d. [1892?]. Second edition. 406pp, with many illustrations, and with the four coloured folding maps in crisp condition. Contents very clean. Decorative endpapers tanned, with light foxing to their adjacent pages. Firm, in the original binding of navy cloth, with the decorative gilt title to the front set on the black, white and red ground of a flag. Bright and clean, spine ends puckered, no serious signs of wear: a very nice copy. Very Good+.
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Price: 140.00


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Edited by 'Isobel' of Home Notes:
Dainty Dishes for Slender Incomes. [No. I of the Isobel Handbooks].

London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, n.d. [1895]. First or early edition. 128pp, endpapers foxed and pages tanned, but contents otherwise unmarked and in good clean order: includes some advertisements. In the original binding of green cloth printed in black. Boards firm, with some toning and soiling, upper joint fraying a little. Good+.

Price: 24.00


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E.Thorne:
The Heresy of Teetotalism. In the light of Scripture, Science, and Legislation.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1903. First edition. viii, 331pp. Endpapers browned: armorial bookplate to front pastedown. First and last few pages have some browning or foxing. Contents otherwise clean, faintly toned at edges. In the original binding of dark green cloth, spine titled in gilt. Firm, corners sharp, spine ends blunted, with a touch of fraying at the head. Boards slightly bowed. Lower board slightly marked, and has a light peppering of white dots to the upper corner. A blast against the Temperance lobby. Good copy: highly uncommon. VG.

Price: 80.00


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J.B. Wroe:
Chrysanthemums and How to Grow Them for exhibition. With Instructions for Timing and Stopping for Northern and Southern Growers; Selections of the Best Varieties of Japanese, Incurved, Anemone, Reflexed, and Pompon.

London: W.H. & L. Collingridge, 'Amateur Gardening' Office, n.d. [c.1904]. Third edition. 94 + [10] adverts, with illustrations in the text. Contents clean and in good order, with creases to some corners. 8vo, in the original orange boards printed in black and red with green cloth spine. Slight soiling and small red stain to boards, and a tiny amount of fraying to spine ends. Good firm copy. Very Good.

Price: 45.00


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D.M.M.Crichton Somerville, W.R. Rickmers, and E.C.Richardson: edited by E.C.Richardson:
Ski Running.

London: Horace Cox, 1905. Second edition. vi, 116, +(18) adverts (ads also on pastedowns). Very nicely produced, and illustrated with photographs and drawings. Dedicated to the Ski Club of Great Britain. Slight foxing to title page, contents otherwise clean and fresh. In the original binding of smooth grey cloth decorated and titled in black. Small red mark to upper joint, and slight rubbing and darkening to spine, which is slightly puckered at the ends, but otherwise a very fresh clean copy. Very Good+.

Price: 320.00


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Charles Vidal Diehl:
Poker Patience, and Progressive Poker Patience.

Halifax and London: Messrs Edward Mortimer (publishers of the 'Court' series), n.d. [c.1909] Early edition. 16pp, illustrated. Stapled booklet. Contents clean and unmarked. In green card covers with decorative red title in relief to front, adverts for cards to the back. Crease to fore-edge of front cover where it is proud of the text, and slight rusting to staples: very light other wear. Attractive copy. VG+.

Price: 32.00


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Arthur Dimmock:
Tricks and Exercises on the Horizontal Bar and How to do them: Upwards of 100 examples, with Chart.

London and Aldershot: Gale & Polden, n.d. (c.1910?). Second Edition. 38pp + portrait frontis, followed by 8pp of adverts (illustrated). Publisher's list pasted onto front pastedown. Laid in is the 25-inch square folded chart illustrated with photographs: slightly creased and repaired and with a spot of old glue on the back at one corner. Octavo, pictorial red cloth softcover, tight, bright and clean: small knock to upper corner, affecting covers and pages. VG.

Price: 25.00


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R.C. Anderson:
Canoeing and Camping Adventures: being an account of three cruises in northern waters.

London: C. Gilbert-Wood, 1910. First edition. x, (vi), 192pp, with photo frontis portraits, and illustrated with line drawings. 1915 ownership name to front free endpaper. Trim, well-kept copy with no wear or soiling, but endpapers browned, and some heavy foxing to the closed edges, sometimes encroaching on to the pages. In the original binding of blue cloth, front titled and illustrated in black, spine titled in gilt. Slight toning to spine. Very Good.

Price: 48.00


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'The General':
Golf and How tp Play it. Being a Treatise with Hints.

London: A.W. Gamage Ltd., The Caxton Press, n.d. Second edition. 60pp, including 9pp of advertisements, with many photographic illustrations. Contents in fresh, clean condition. 17.5x11.5 cms, in the original pictorial boards, faded and soiled, with a new plain cloth spine. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 65.00


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deLisle, H. deB.:
Polo in India: with numerous diagrams and photographic reproductions: including the Hurlingham Rules.

Bombay: Thacker & Company, 1913. Second edition. ix, 286pp, +(ii) adverts: illustrated with 13 photographs (including guarded frontis), 20 example diagrams, and a number of text illustrations. Slight browning to endpapers. Ownership name of C B Loring on pastedown with note 'Reviewed June 1913'. One plate corner creased, and a little minor foxing: contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original dark green cloth titled in gilt. Firm, and titles clear, but heavily used - very rubbed, extremities blunted, and nicks at joint ends. Still a viable copy of the expanded edition. Good+.

Price: 95.00


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Ernest E. Noakes: with a preface by J.N. Maskelyne:
Magical Originalities: A chat on practical magic.

London: G. Bell and Sons Ltd, 1914. First edition. xii, 161, [2] adverts; including a portrait frontis and many text illustrations. Contents very good, with a few small stains at pp75-81. In the original binding of carmine cloth, top edge gilt: firm, upper board illustrated and titled in gilt, bright; spine dulled, and lower board has cup rings and a couple of small indentations, extremities slightly blunted. Good copy. VG.

Price: 110.00


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