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58th Fete Federale de Gymnastique 17-21 Juillet 1925 Geneve Album Souvenir
1 58th Fete Federale de Gymnastique 17-21 Juillet 1925 Geneve Album Souvenir
Geneve. Le Comite D'Organisation. La Rotogravure S. A. 1925 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to., 28 by 22 cm. 96 pp. Richly illustrated with photos of all the gymnastic events, the parades and other celebratory events, including theatrical productions, and group photos of the officialdom. A fascinating document celebrating physical cutlure of the period. Soiling to the wraps. Tight and clean otherwise. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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A Los Toros! Viva Espana!
2 A Los Toros! Viva Espana!
Valencia Lit. S. Dura Leporellos Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. Oblong, 10.5 by 15 cm. 12 color plates depicting crowd heading to arena on the front cover, then within the leporello all the pageantry and ritual of the bull fight, with an illustration of the bulls reposing in a pasture on the back cover. The panorama was almost certainly produced as a souvenir -- a keepsake for someone attending the bullfight and hawked by peddlers calling out to passerbys on the periphery of the arena. The quality of the printing is not necessarily of the highest level, but the arrangement of the images in a leporello has a compact charm all its own. Light age toning, and trivial signs of wear. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Catalogo de propagana taurina 1961.  Imprenta-Litografia Ortega Valencia-Espana.  Catalogo Muestrario. Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos, Billetes.
3 Catalogo de propagana taurina 1961. Imprenta-Litografia Ortega Valencia-Espana. Catalogo Muestrario. Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos, Billetes.
Valencia 1960 Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 29.5 by 23 cm. Unpaginated, 48 leaves in colorful wrappers. Setting this catalogue apart from earlier Ortega catalogues, all of which are scarce, is besides the shape, the facing pages from the specimen samples feature action line illustrations of various facets of the bullfight. Splashily colorful trade catalogue from lithographic printer specializing in cards, tickets, programs and posters dedicated to bullfights and local fairs and fiestas. Much of the content is brilliantly illustrated promotions of bullfights, with flyers, posters and the like tipped in, generally two or three pasted onto the same base leaf. Samples which in practice might have been printed in varying sizes, often much larger than in the catalogue, they capture the thrill, ritual and spirit of the sport. The pages with tickets and some other items are less eye candy but no less useful documents of the material paraphernalia of the sport, and reminders too of the manifold commercial aspects of an entertainment business. Quite scarce, with the only several copies surfacing on OCLC from other years. Light wear. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures
4 Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures

Circa 1880s, these five cards were all promotions, or ads, for The New Carlton Dining Room in Boston. The cards depict a fat klutz contending with various elements of the National Pastime. We see this man knocked off his feet by catching a ball, stiffly awaiting a pitch while at bat, as a catcher, striking out and lolling after apparently hitting a home run. The captions are"Bravo! The Pet of the Nine", "Something must be done! Put it there!", "A close affair. Hugging the bat.", "Struck out.", and "Hero of a Home Run. The Ladies Favorite". These cards were not designed specifically for the named Boston restaurant, but rather, they were produced by a printer to be sold to businesses which would then have their own business name and information printed onto the card. The pictures on the cards often bore no relation to the enterprise issuing them. But the cards were intended as collectables, and often they would find their way into albums and scrapbooks compiled as a hobby. The cards measure 5.25 by 3.25 inches. They are pristine, other than the backs of a few of them show a faint sign of the paste that must have been used to append them to albums. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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5 Croquêt
England Hardcover Very Good 
N.d. Circa 1870s. Small 4to. 24 by 18 cm. Eight pages of manuscript, with eight delightful pen and ink illustrations, including cover decoration, plus six ornamental letter vignettes ("historiated", "floriated" and "rusticated"). The illustrations include ones of a manor house, with three croquet players in the foreground, a grouping of players with one about to do an agressive swing resembling a golf drive, a group of young adults listiening to a serenader, and wooing couple and a seraph steering a tiny sailboat. The verse is pleasant and rich in charm: "Instead of wars of words and wit,/ This is a conflict far more fit./ The lady's ready grace and skill/ Matched against manyly strength and will./ All martyr-like, consent to bear/ Reverses with a cheerful air,/ And learn to hurl the well-aimed blow/ Of retribution on the foe . . . " Perhaps not Gerald Manley Hopkins, but the competent verse does capture the rhythm, the spirit and appeal of the game remarkably well, and together with the illustrations evoke a lazy afternoon in a bucolic setting of the 1800s that is bound to spark wistful daydreams in our hardened, frenetic times. Bound with a red buckram dust jacket, the title "Croquêt" embossed in gilt on the front. The paper is of a stiff card stock. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Der Deutsche Jager:  Illustrirte Suddeutsche Jagdzeitung: Offizielles Organ Der pfalzisch-Bayerischen jagdschutz-Verein
6 Der Deutsche Jager: Illustrirte Suddeutsche Jagdzeitung: Offizielles Organ Der pfalzisch-Bayerischen jagdschutz-Verein
Munich Eduard Pohl's Verlag 1889 Cloth Very Good 
Folio - over 12. Book. 1889 and 1890 runs of this hunting/sporting periodical. 239 + 249 pp. With Index. Profusely illustrated, with many interesting advertisements of hunting and outdoor gear. Tight binding, clean, toned pages. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Der Waidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde:  Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
7 Der Waidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde: Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
Blasewitz-Dresden Verlag Von Paul Wolff 1883 First Edition Half Calf Very Good 
Elephant Folio - over 15. Book. April 1881 to August 1883. 14th Band (year). 436 pp., binding together monthly issues of hunting/shooting/fishing/ sporting magazine of late nineteenth century. Besides articles, rich in ads for hunting and outdoor gear. Tight, clean, toned. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Der Weidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde:  Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
8 Der Weidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde: Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
Blasewitz-Dresden Verlag Von Paul Wolff 1889 First Edition Half Calf Very Good 
Elephant Folio - over 15. Book. 456 + 114 pp., binding together 12 monthly issues of hunting/shooting/fishing/ sporting magazine of late nineteenth century. With index. Besides articles, rich in ads for hunting and outdoor gear. Spine starting, and joint rubbed. Otherwise, tight, clean, toned. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Dr. U.S. Manuels Course of Physical Culture
9 Dr. U.S. Manuels Course of Physical Culture
Philadelphia Croft and Allen Company 1904 Wraps Very Good 
12mo. 12.5 by 7.5 cm. [32] pp. Pictorial wrappers, 16 color litho illustrations showing how various exercises are done. The sixteen exercises described are ones we are told were "approved of by a jury of experts". They are mostly vigorous stretches, and they touch on virtually all body parts, including the feet, the trunk, the hands, etc. This scarce brochure (no copies on OCLC) was a promotion for a chocolate and breakfast food (breakfast cocoa) manufacturer. The fact that it is also promoting physical culture might seem an odd initiative for a chocolate company, but certainly one that has become well-worn by breakfast food brands. The final eight pages and the inside rear wrap are devoted to Croft and Allen products, with a chromo image of a Swiss Milk Chocolate box on the inside wrap, and a color illustration of the company's large factory on the rear cover. The manual is a comparatively early specimen of physical culture literature, at least in terms of its seeking to reach a wider audience. Condition: tiny corner chip, front wrap. Otherwise, light wear. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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10 E. I. Horsman Wholesale Catalogue Spring Goods. 1898 Manufacturer, Importer, Exporter and Jobber of Indoor & Outdoor Games, Novelties, Sports, and Toys. Sole Manufacturer of the Famous Trade "Blue Hill Box Kite" Mark. Headquarters for Croquet, Golf, Tennis, Hammocks, &c.
New York 1898 Wraps Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC, nor anything else produced by this company. A diverse sporting goods catalog that includes a number of items of individual interest. First there is the kite alluded to on the front cover. Within the catalog maintains that this kite, "now Famous throughout the Country", and "KITE FLYING LAWN PARTIES", will be "THE SOCIETY FAD for the Coming Season". In the heyday of kite-flying, coinciding with the dawn of modern-day aviation, the rage, it seems, was for "scientific kite flying". Some of the games advertised in the pages are now obscure, such as "Crokinole", "Pango" and "Carroms", although the last two have more modern versions, perhaps. Tennis rackets bear names such as the "Tuxedo" Expert. Croquet and archery, while still around, were far more prevalent, and the equipment options reflect this. In any case, it is impossible to tersely describe everything presented in the 32 pages, including the covers (but not including a few insert items), of this catalog. The line illustrations are all quite appealing and help transport us back to the late Victorian era. Some light soling, with a narrow dampstain on the upper front cover and a small chip on the rear. Generally clean within. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Giuoco del Ponte
11 Giuoco del Ponte
Pisa Lischi & Figli 1935 Color pictorial wraps Very Good 
12mo. 19 by 13 cm. 12 pp. History and description of Medieval martial game, a contest between two neighborhoods of Pisa over control of a bridge. An antediluvian "war game", as such. The publication in the mid-thirties can be seen as a projection of Fascist ideals, which glorified violence and embraced militarism. The same publisher came out with a longer book the same year by Virgilio Salvestrini. This, probably an abridgement, imparts enough to quench most reader's curiosity. The longer book is uncommon, and this brochure, especially so, with only two copies of the brochure located on OCLC (in Florence and Strasbourg). Age toning of the leaves. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Jugendspiele zur Erholung und Erheiterung.  Knabenspiele. Mit zehn illuminirten Kupfern
12 Jugendspiele zur Erholung und Erheiterung. Knabenspiele. Mit zehn illuminirten Kupfern
Tilsit W. Sommerfeld First edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1846. 12mo. 15 by 10 cm. x, [2], 95, [1] pp. 10 hand-colored plates depicting boys' sports and games. These are incredibly charming, and include a precursor of baseball, it would appear. Uncommon in hard copy, original form. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Manufacture Francaise d'Armes & Cycles de Saint-Etienne.  Societe Anonyme au Capital de 10,000,000 de Francs
13 Manufacture Francaise d'Armes & Cycles de Saint-Etienne. Societe Anonyme au Capital de 10,000,000 de Francs
St. Etienne, Loire Wraps Good 
N.d., circa 1919, based on one plate with women's fashion from that year. 4to. 25 by 18.5 cm. 660 pp. plus wraps. Catalogue of the French answer to Sears Roebuck -- a more specialized version -- with great variety of goods, including furniture, clocks, silverware, cameras, etc.; but the greatest emphasis is on sporting equipment, and particularly firearms and other paraphernalia for shooting and hunting, cycling, as clear from the title, and then followed by other sports, and the outdoor life more generally. This is expressed particularly in the color plates, which depict fox-hunting, shooting, cycling, etc. Many other curious goods are for sale, including cannons for public ceremonies. A whole section is devoted to typewriters, which includes short pieces speaking the virtues of the relatively new technology and offering advise on its use. For antique collectors, there are a rich array of now antique objets d'art such as inkwells, vases, or bronzes. For bibliophiles, there are many albums (for photos and scrap) that one now encounters at book fairs -- here these vintage bindings are being offered as brand new. And on and on -- it is impossible to concisely describe all the variety of goods that were on offer here. This is a catalogue that is both enjoyable to leaf through if one is at all casually interested in the material culture of the past and useful as a reference on this material culture, or any of the many kinds of goods covered by the catalogue. The pages are heavily age toned, as per the type of paper used. The wraps have flattened creases and considerable wear from use but are essentially intact. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Ortega, Imprenta-Litografia.  Catalogo Muestrario de Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos y Billetes de Propaganda Taurina, Ferias y Fiestas.
14 Ortega, Imprenta-Litografia. Catalogo Muestrario de Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos y Billetes de Propaganda Taurina, Ferias y Fiestas.
Valencia 1955 Wraps Near Fine 
Oblong 4to. 20 by 29 cm. 41 leaves in brown tinted illustrated wrappers. Splashily colorful trade catalogue from lithographic printer specializing in cards, tickets, programs and posters dedicated to bullfights and local fairs and fiestas. Much of the content is brilliantly illustrated promotions of bullfights, with flyers, posters and the like tipped in, generally two or three pasted onto the same base leaf. Samples which in practice might have been printed in varying sizes, often much larger than in the catalogue, they capture the thrill, ritual and spirit of the sport. The pages with tickets and some other items are less eye candy but no less useful documents of the material paraphernalia of the sport, and reminders too of the manifold commercial aspects of an entertainment business. Quite scarce, with the only several copies surfacing on OCLC from other years. Light wear. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Smoking and Smokers; Also, Snuff and Snuff-Takers.  With Numerous Wood Cuts
15 Smoking and Smokers; Also, Snuff and Snuff-Takers. With Numerous Wood Cuts
London Joseph Baker 1851 First Edition Blindstamped decorated cloth Very Good 
Essentially two books, closely related in topic and tone, in one. 90 and 90 pp. 8to, 8 by 4.5 inches, 20 by 12 cm. With numerous often droll woodcut illustrations of smokers in their various attitudes and conceits. The work(s) treat seemingly all aspects of their subject, including history, statistical data regarding, and then countless other looser associative matters of which the very act of smoking invites, for smoking, and now the mostly bygone practice of taking snuff, so much more to their acolytes than the simple consumption of the stuff. Thus there are chapters on reveries concerning tobacco, of the pipe as a means of public instruction, on maxims regarding, on tobacco and the classics, and on and on. Without question these droll studies were written largely for the delectation of smokers and snuff-takers! The ranginess and sly wit of the author, together with his sometimes ardent arguments in favor of the products, make this one of those rare cultural and literary artefacts that can entertain the modern reader as the author intended yet also with the ironic detachment of our hindsight. Green blindstamped boards decorated with gilt. Rubbing along gutters. A light dampstain affects the margins of many pages yet more or less blends in with the moderate age toning of the leaves. Some starting of the rear hinge. 
Price: 725.00 USD
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Swaine Adeney Briggs & Sons Limited Catalogue
16 Swaine Adeney Briggs & Sons Limited Catalogue "Briggs" Umbrella
London Wraps Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1950s. While the undated catalog is surely from the 1950s, with its mention of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, it evokes an earlier era with its mix of classic products for gentlemen, ladies, and their servants, including hunting and beagling whips, polo and dressage whips, riding crops, umbrellas, walking sticks, seat sticks, gloves, picnic baskets and race hampers, clocks and compacts, trophies and car mascots, document cases, traveling and writing cases, leather goods, etc. The 72 page catalog is a treat for enthusiasts of things English, sporting paraphernalia, etc. The company of Swaine Adeney Briggs was formed by merger in 1943 with the oldest antecedent component dating back to 1750 when James Ross founded a whip making business. The Briggs part of the company enjoyed the Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria and at the time of the catalogue. The company remains based on Piccadilly, and now has several branches elsewhere in London. 8vo. Minor wear. Generally clean. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Taxidermist's Supplies.  Catalog No. 93.  Northwestern School of Taxidermy
17 Taxidermist's Supplies. Catalog No. 93. Northwestern School of Taxidermy
Omaha, NE 1935 Wraps Very Good 
4to. 26 by 18 cm. 40 pp., plus wraps. Products include glass eyes, knives and other tools of the trade, tanning materials, artificial animal skulls for rugs, head forms, panels, mounts for birds, wall cases, fur chokers (for women), gloves, furrier supplies, fur tails, novelty supplies (Bookends, reading lamps, thermometers, etc.). Also a few ads of practitioners. Soiling of wraps, and a few minor closed tears along wrap margins. Otherwise, sound and well-preserved. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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18 Vie au Grand Air Noel
1912 First Edition Cloth Fine 
Scarce sporting periodical, with the most notable piece on aviation, but also articles and plates depicting car racing, shooting, tennis, fencing, equestriana, boxing, cycling. (1912 was an Olympic year.) The graphics and overall production of this periodical, or at least this issue, are extraordinary, with the use of colorized photos for a number of the plates. The format is large, with the pages measuring 13.5 by 11 inches, or 34 by 28 cm. No copies found on OCLC. Clean and tight. Original wraps bound in red cloth. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Early Baseball Ephemera] Humorous Mid-Nineteenth Century Valentine "Base Baller"
19 [Early Baseball Ephemera] Humorous Mid-Nineteenth Century Valentine "Base Baller"
New York and Baltimore Fisher & Denison NA Very Good 
Very scarce humorous Valentine, circa 1850s to 1860s, with a baseball theme. With a hand-colored baseball player, and a caption with the verse: "Greatest of muffo with butter fingers,/ Defeat around you always lingers,/ 'Tis with pity I hear the shouts,/ That greet your constantly recurring out./ Dear Sir, you missed calling/ When you sought money in Base Balling." The vinegar Valentine is framed and matted. The broadside itself is 22 by 15.5 cm, and the frame, 37 by 29 cm. The Valentine has minor soiling and creases, now flattened. The frame and mat are pristine. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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20 [Game][Broadside] Championnat International de Natation. Jeu de Société Original
Paris Saussine 
Very colorful chromolithographically printed uncut sheet for a swimming-inspired game, with cut-out figures for swimmers from various nations (France, U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Germany, Italy), sailboats, fish, and a curmudgeonly looking man. N.d., circa 1920. Dating based on dress, including female competitors in one piece bathing suits. Measures 76 by 56 cm. Light age toning. Very minor edgewear. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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