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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to football, rugby, cricket, baseball, tennis, billiards, and all other ball games, with the exception of golf, which has its own category.

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  1. Tennis.

    Tennis.

    New York & London: 1928

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed for - Douglas Grant - Helen Wills, October 27, 1928". Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 110172

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  2. On the Spot.
    First edition, first impression. Former PFA chairman Derek Dougan and scholar Dr Percy Young take a look at the daily life of footballers in the mid-1970s. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104474

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  3. This Sporting Life.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first novel which won the 1960 Macmillan Fiction Award. Storey, a former professional rugby league footballer, also wrote the adapted screenplay for the 1963 British feature film of the same title. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 102850

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  4. A Sense of Where You Are.
    A specially bound copy of the Bantam paperback edition, inscribed by an outraged McPhee on the advertisement page to the bookseller Ralph Sipper: "Ralph - I took the cover off this paperback and had it bound in this way because Bantam slipped a cover picture of Bill in a Knicks uniform onto this late printing without my... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 99894

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  5. The Cricket on the Green.
    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to "Aunt Lizzie with the Author's kind love". A humorous account of the Inter-Parochial Cup featuring the match between the villages of Whizzingham and Hurry Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 98071

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  6. The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 19311939.
    First editions, extremely uncommon. Only 25 sets can possibly exist, and we can trace no set, not even single individual annual copies, institutionally. "For eight seasons during the thirties Billy Johnston, editor of the Arsenal FC programme for many years, kept his own hand-written records on a season-by-season basis.... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 97273

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  7. Athletics and Football.
    Third edition of a book that "stood the test of time for its comprehensiveness and for the quality of its writing" (ODNB). With owner signature to front pastedown. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89966

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  8. A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards;
    First edition of the first work in English dedicated solely to the game of billiards. The forms of billiards described here include carambole, then recently introduced to England from France. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 83916

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  9. My Own Particular Screwball:
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: "To Eleanor, when you see authors jumping out of windows you will know why when you read this book. Love & kisses, Al Schacht, April 19th 55." Alexander "Al" Schacht (1892 Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 88982

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  10. Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.
    Team photograph of the Corinthians Football Club, the most successful amateur team of all time, which was founded in London in 1882 and supplied a large number of players to the England Football team. This photo includes famous players such as Bertie Oswald Corbett, Arthur George Henfrey, A. T. B. Dunn, Gilbert Oswald Smith,... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 61472

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  11. The Natural.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 76347

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  12. A Sense of Where You Are.
    First edition, first printing. John McPhee's first book, and very rare with the red spine panel so bright and unfaded. Bill Bradley was a hall-of-fame basketball player who later went on to run for the Democratic Party nomination for Presidential Candidate in 2000. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 76447

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  13. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 63489

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  14. Hits, Runs and Social Errors. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated.
    First edition, first impression, of this amusing collection of cartoons. From the library of Laurence Olivier, inscribed to him by Elizabeth Taylor on the front free endpaper, "Dear Sir Laurence, Thank you for always being so kind. Love, Elizabeth. Sept 14, 1960". Olivier had been good friends with Richard Burton for some... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 68795

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  15. It Pays To Steal.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Cass and Al Anderson, Best Wishes, Maury Wills, 9-13-63". Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 60675

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  16. Green is The Grass.
    First edition. A study of the game, and the first book written by Dominic Francis "Dom" Moraes, one of the best-known English-language poets of India. Uncommon. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 48236

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