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Sport and Sporting

From thoroughbred racing to billiards, the rare and collectible sports books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room has more than plenty of variety. Many of the books in the rare and collectible sports books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room are signed or are first editions, and many of them would be sure to increase the value of your personal rare and antique book collection. Some of the featured books below are signed biographies, and others are larger books about the history of a rare or unusual sport.



Cricket of To-Day and Yesterday:
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Cricket of To-Day and Yesterday:

by Standing, Percy Cross:

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Used
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Norwich, Norfolk
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$119.91

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London: Jack, 1902:. Two volumes in one 1902 First Edition, 184 pages, gilt edges, 7 colour illustrations and 180 black & white liiustrations. Browning on endpapers, inscription, 9" x 11", fascinating book, lovely black cover. Postage & Packaging at cost. .
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The Complete Angler, Or Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish...
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London: Printed For Samuel Bagster, In The Strand, By R. Watts, at Broxbourne, on the River Lea, Herts, 1815. Bagster's Second Edition, Being the Eighth of this Work: Wit. Hardcover (Full Leather - Themed Binding). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Printed For Samuel Bagster, In The Strand, By R. Watts, at Broxbourne, on the River Lea, Herts, London, 1815. Bagster's Second Edition, Being the Eighth of this Work: With Improvements and Additions. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Fine Binding Light rubbing to the extremities. Internally Fine. -- Overall: Very Good to Near Fine Condition. -- Engraved frontice portrait, all edges gilt, fifty plates. Uniquely bound in full tan morocco with inlay in light blue of a fish on both covers. Same Color reproduced in shell designs on backstrap. Writing on one inner blank sheet "Large Paper Edition". -- Presentation inscription in ink on one of the blank fly-leafs to a Col. F. Ahlstrom. On the occasion of the nomination of Sen. Warren… Read More
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$750.00
THE NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE THE LEADING ILLUSTRATED SPORTING JOURNAL IN  THE WORLD (7 ISSUES)
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THE NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE THE LEADING ILLUSTRATED SPORTING JOURNAL IN THE WORLD (7 ISSUES)

by Fox, Charles J. , President

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Fairfield, New Jersey
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$150.00

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New York: Richard K. Fox Publishing. Very Good. 1924. First Edition. Soft Covers. 7 original issues: April 12, 19, May 10, July 5, September 13, November 8, and December 6, 1924. Folio. 24 pp per issue. Vg condition. B&W photograph illustrations. Various contributors. Clean pink paper covers with a some small edge tears. Current Sports, Polo, Baseball, Boxing, Movie Stars, Pin-ups, Theater. ; B/W photographs; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 24 pages .
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$150.00
GLADIATORS OF THE PRIZE RING : OR PUGILISTS OF AMERICA AND THEIR  CONTEMPORARIES FROM JAMES J....
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Chicago: The Athletic Publishing Co.. Good+. 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. Clean green cloth that has been skillfully rebacked . Text & hinges are tight & intact. Spine lettering faded & gilt lettering & decoration on front cover somewhat faded. No page numbers (200+) . Finger smudges on a few pages. This is a follw-up book to Edwards 1894 publication with a similar title "The Portrait Gallery of Pugilists of America and Their Contemporaries From James J. Corbett to Tom Hyer....." The volume features not only the history of boxing but also countless excellent prints of top name boxers in full page format. Some included are John L. Sullivan, James Corbett, Jake Kilrain, Peter Jackson, Paddy Ryan, and Bob Fitzsimmons. Sports. Boxing. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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$435.00
Waterman's Eye: Emil Sigler, Surfing San Diego to San Onofre 1928-1940 (Signed)
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Waterman's Eye: Emil Sigler, Surfing San Diego to San Onofre 1928-1940 (Signed)

by David Aguirre

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Like New
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780978597818
ISBN 10
0978597818
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Frederick, Maryland
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$379.99

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Tabler and Wood, Publishers, 2007. Hardcover. Like New. Biography and photo compilation of legendary California surfer Emil Sigler. Limited Edition of 575 copies. Signed by author David Aguirre on title page. Includes biographical sketch based on the author's extensive interviews with Sigler and numerous rare surfing photos dating from the 1920's, all annotated in detail. Sigler died in 2011 at the age of 101 and is remembered as a true waterman. 100 pp. 7 3/4" x 9". No dust jacket, as issued. Tight, immaculate copy. Extremities crisp. Unmarked front to back. A beautifully presentable copy of a truly scarce surfing collectible. Photographs of or additional information about this item are available on request. All inquiries answered promptly.
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$379.99
Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf ( Important Association Copy in Year of Publication )
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Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf ( Important Association Copy in Year of Publication )

by Riefenstahl, Leni

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Condition
Used - Very Good Minus
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
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$5,000.00

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Berlin: im Deutschen Verlag,, 1937. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at half-title page - " Arthur Kiekebusch su wiedersehen 1937 herrlich (?) Leni Riefenstahl". Arthur Kiekebusch was a German production manager and director, best known for the 1920 silent film "The Woman in the Dolphin" starring Bela Lugosi. He was the assistant production manager, with responsibility for all cameras and lenses, on Riefenstahl's film "Olympia" from which the photographs in this book were taken. He also worked with Leni on her 1935 film "Triumph of the Will" as unit manager and head cameraman. The First Edition book is Very Good Minus, boards bowed, cloth rubbed at corners and spine ends, prior owner name and US address front end page, hinges starting, lacking the dust jacket . Regardless, given their close working relationship, an important and historic association copy in German film making.. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket.… Read More
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$5,000.00
Pylon
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Pylon

by Faulkner, William

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Condition
Used - Very Good-
Edition
Stated 2nd Issue
Binding
Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$650.00

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WILLIAM FAULKNER! Stated Second Issue, 2nd Printing Thus. NOBEL PRIZE WINNER. Faulkner, William: PYLON. Stated 2nd
Issue, 2nd
Printing 1935, Smith & Haas, NY. RARE IN THE ORIGINAL BLUE DUST JACKET. RARE SASCHA MAURER COVER ART. ART DECO. Used. Very Good-/ Very Good- Blue cloth, \ The second printing (stated). In second issue dust jacket (blank rear panel and flap. Faulkner's tale of the exciting, dangerous, and short-lived, sport of airplane "barnstorming". Set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Original source material for the 1958 film "Tarnished Angels" Starring Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack, and Jack Carson and directed by Douglas Sirk (born Hans Detlef Sierck; 26 April 1897 – 14 January 1987)."
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$650.00
The Cossacks: A Tale of the Caucasus in the Year 1852. UKRAINIA

The Cossacks: A Tale of the Caucasus in the Year 1852. UKRAINIA

by Tolstoi, Count Lyof N.

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Used - Good-
Edition
First English Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$189.95

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UKRAINIA Tolstoi, Count Lyof N.: The Cossacks: A Tale of the Caucasus in the Year 1852. First English Edition, 1888 Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, London. Translated from the Russian by Nathan Haskell Dole. Summary: A novel of the Caucasian War 1817-1864. Used.
Good- Condition/ No DJ. Blue Boards gold titling and ornamentation. Imperial Russian crest stamped in gilt at center front. A solid copy. Light foxing to endpapers. Toning. Fabric at top of spine missing. RARE/SCARCE.
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$189.95
World Tennis - The World's Largest Tennis Magazine; Volume II, No.6, November, 1963
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World Tennis - The World's Largest Tennis Magazine; Volume II, No.6, November, 1963

by Ashe, Arthur (Magazine Cover)

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Printing
Binding
Paperback
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Bloomington, Indiana
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$150.00

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New York: Gladys Medalie Heldman, 1963. SCARCE. Most likely the first magazine cover for Arthur Ashe, the beloved African-American tennis champion, the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. This issue published a month after his first major men's title at the Pacific Southwest, while he was still a student at UCLA. Very Good, library stamp rear cover, ink mark front cover not affecting photograph, 3 pages with top corner creases, light soiling and wear to covers. . First Printing. Magazine. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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$150.00
Spur of the Moment: The Western Cartoon Art of Ben Crane
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Spur of the Moment: The Western Cartoon Art of Ben Crane

by Callaway, Phil (Illustrations by Ben Crane)

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  • Fine
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  • Signed
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Used - Fine
Edition
Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 13
9780969530053
ISBN 10
0969530056
Seller
Lukeville , Arizona
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$196.00

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Eckville AB, Spur of the Moment, 2002, oblong paperback (8.5" x 11"), 80 pp, One of 100 Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition copies in original slipcase, Fine condition, slight corner touches, in Very Near Fine brown, textured slipcase with gold spur decoration and gold spine lettering. Straight, tight and clean with no wear or markings. Slipcase untouched except for slightest of wear to corners. A compilation of hilarious, detailed, and vividly colorful cartoons of country life from the world renowned western artist and musician. Text by Phil Callaway, Forward by Boots Reynolds. ISBN 9780969530053
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$196.00
Surfing Illustrated Volume 1, Number 1 (1962)
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Surfing Illustrated Volume 1, Number 1 (1962)

by Staff Written

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Used - Very Good
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Paperback
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Frederick, Maryland
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$199.99

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Walt Phillips Productions, 1962. Softcover. Very Good. Premier issue of Walt Phillips' Surfing Illustrated, The Magazine for Serious Surfers. Founded by noted surfer and surfing filmmaker Walt Phillips and "The Godfather of Surfphotography" LeRoy Grannis in 1962, SI ceased publication in 1967. SI's editorial board reads like a Who's Who of North Shore surfing: Along with Phillips and Grannis there was designer and record album and poster illustrator John Van Hamersveld, Australian surfer and photographer Barbara Walton, Dr. Don James ("The Premier Photographer of Surfing") and surfing legend Lee Peterson. James' photos were especially notable for having been taken in the 1930's, when the sport was in its infancy in California. Tom Davies at Malibu cover photo. Includes numerous additional photos of pioneer surfers. Of special note is a large two-panel fold-out photo of Jose Angel surfing at Waimea Bay, also taken by James. See attached image for article topics. Back cover features a full-page Bing… Read More
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$199.99
America's National Game

America's National Game

by A G Spalding

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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America's National Game. Historic Facts Concerning the Beginning Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball with Personal Reminiscences of Its Vicissitudes, Its Victories and Its VotariesNew York: American Sports Publishing Company, 1911. First edition. Cartoons by Homer C. Davenport. Portrait, frontis, illustrations, photographs and plates (some folding). xix,[1],[1]-542 pp. 1 vols. Thick 8vo. Bright blue ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt, and with gilt depiction of Uncle Sam at bat on the upper cover. Front inner hinge with nearly imperceptible conservation repair. An unusually fresh, tight copy of a book most often seen in deplorable condition. First edition. Cartoons by Homer C. Davenport. Portrait, frontis, illustrations, photographs and plates (some folding). xix,[1],[1]-542 pp. 1 vols. Thick 8vo. Superb Copy. One of the key works in the literature of baseball, by one of the prime movers in its codification and development. In addition to his pitching career (which began in… Read More
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$2,200.00
Sandow on Physical Training; A Study in the Perfect Type of the Human Form....
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Sandow on Physical Training; A Study in the Perfect Type of the Human Form....

by Compiled and Edited, Under Mr. Sandow's Direction, by G. Mercer Adam

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Used - Very Good Plus
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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New York: J. Selwin Tait & Sons, 1894. "the Marvel of Anatomists, Sculptors, and Artists in the Nude; embracing the great Athlete's simple method of Physical Education for the Home, the Gymnasium, and the Army Training School; preceded by a Biography dealing with the chief incidents in Mr. Sandow's Professional Career, his Phenomenal Prowess and Gladiatorial Skill, in Competitive Matches, Contests and Exhibitions; with Mr. Sandow's Scheme of Dumb-bell and Bar-bell Exercises, and his Views on the Physiology of Gymnastics, the Function of the Muscles, etc. Richly illustrated from photographs expressly taken for the work by Sarony of New York, Morrison of Chicago, and White of Birmingham, and of Drawings by A. Casarin." Very Good Plus, bound in red cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, black and white, front hinge cracked yet holding well, light rubbing to cloth at the tips, the stamp of "The Tarr System Library" front paste down, which would seem to be a prior… Read More
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$1,000.00
The Hippodrome
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The Hippodrome

by Hayward, Rachel

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
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$425.00

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Hayward, Rachel
The Hippodrome , 1913 George H. Doran Company, New York. American First Edition. Red boards with gilt titling and ornamentation. Gilt still fairly bright. Used. Good condition / No DJ Included.
Early noir detective novel set in Paris in the 1860's- 70's, and the Story of Arithelli, the beautiful English equestrienne. What is the Hippodrome? "The Hippodrome de Vincennes is a horse racing track located in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 60,000. It was created in 1863 and rebuilt in 1879, after being destroyed in the Franco-Prussian War." 5 1/8 X 7 ¾. 295 pages. QUITE RARE. No other listings seen at time of posting.
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$425.00
Test Cricket England vs Australia 1877 - 1921
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Test Cricket England vs Australia 1877 - 1921: inc. Supplement 1924 - 1925

by William P H Sparks

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Used - Excellent
Edition
1st
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Hardcover
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Torrens Park, South Australia
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$256.03

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PrefaceOwing to the enormous increase in interest taken in the representative matches between England and Australia this book has been compiled in order that all cricket enthusiasts may have at their disposal, a complete and concise record of all the games played between the years 1887 and 1921, both home and aboard which have become known as the "Test Matches."A great deal of time and expense has been incurred to make this record a thoroughly reliable compilation, and it is hoped that it may be a great interest to all the followers of our nationals game, especially those who love to study the statistics relating to past encounters. Hardcover book: 19 h x 13.5 w x 2 d / excellent condition / 198 pagesSupplement book: 18 h x 12w / good condition / 20 pages
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$256.03