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  • “Wrinkles” or Hints to Sportsmen and Travellers upon Dress, Equipment, Armament & Camp Life – By H.A.L “the Old  Shekarry” … Henry Astbury Leveson. – First Edition 1868.

    “Wrinkles” or Hints to Sportsmen and Travellers upon Dress, Equipment, Armament & Camp Life – By H.A.L “the Old Shekarry” … Henry Astbury Leveson. – First Edition 1868.

    A rare first edition of this excellent guide for gentleman travellers and sportsmen.

    Octavo, 294 pages, plus lengthy catalogue, published by Saunders, Otley & Co, Brook Street, London in 1868. Re-cased in original binding with gilt design to front. All up a very good copy of a scarce item.

    Henry Astbury Leveson (1828-1875) was a bit of a gent. Commissioned into the Honourable East India Company at the age of 17. Fought in the Crimea in the Ottoman Cavalry and several other more unusual skirmishes. Between wars he spent much time travelling in Africa and Asia big game hunting and unfortunately shot most things.

    A nicely illustrated book and when reading you can see how helpful it must have been to the wanabee explorer traveller full of information, hints and tips and maybe some placed advertisements. Contents start with “Upon Dress” and flow to Equipment; Sporting and Military Armament; with Practical Hints on the Use of the Rifle; Tents and Encampments. Among the “Hints” chapters we see Hints for Naturalists – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Specimens, Closing with a chapter on “the Forest and the Mountain”

    No better guide to “enjoyment” and survival in Darkest Africa and Deepest Asia

    $180.00

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  • To Beat the Clippers – Alec Beilby – First Edition 1976

    To Beat the Clippers – Alec Beilby – First Edition 1976

    A first edition 1976 published by Allen Lane, London.

    Octavo, 212 pages with super end paper charts, other charts, diagrams and illustrations from original photographs of the action some in colour. Closed tears to dust jacket now Brodart protected (as are all our dust jackets) … internally very clean.

    The record of the Financial Times sponsored competition between for yachts from Great Britain, Italy, France and the Netherlands out to beat the 136 day circumnavigation by the great Clipper Patriarch over one hundred years earlier.

    The Appendices extra good in this one … Race Rules; Recommended Course; The Yachts and Their Crews; Comparison of Daily Positions; Finishing Times; Prizes and a good Glossary.

    Sailing at its most demanding and rewarding!

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $25.00

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  • “Rugby” – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Barbier – April 1914

    “Rugby” – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Barbier – April 1914

    An original hand coloured “Pochoir” by George Barbier (1882-1932) the most desirable artist of the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in 1914. A very early Bon Ton.

    Rugby and “Costume tailleur de Redfern” … a stylish outfit by English designer John Redfern (1853-1919), in snowy cheviot (a soft luxurious wool weave from the Cheviot sheep, with a small black vest in the finest silk Ottoman, fastened with braided black frogs.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $340.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style

    Much sought after George Barbier

    $340.00

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  • Australian Wood Chopping World Championship -1938

    Australian Wood Chopping World Championship -1938

    An original press photo of the 1938 World Wood Chopping Championship held at Sydney.

    The caption on the back reads … “Mighty Axemen – Brawny men of the Australian lumber lands stage the world championship tree-felling contest at the Royal Agricultural Show, Sydney. It’s tough going to chop through an Australian tree, because most of the lumber produced is hardwood” … mmmh

    A sizeable image 27cm x 20cm taken 28th August 1938

    Iconic Aussie Image away from the beach

    $50.00

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  • Alone – The Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race – Daniel Gilles.

    Alone – The Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race – Daniel Gilles.

    Published by Angus and Robertson 1977 a first edition. Octavo, 214 pages, nicely illustrated with charts and images from photographs. Very good condition.

    By the tine this book had been published this formidable race had been held five times – not without the loss of life. Then regarded as the toughest of all nautical challenges and we would say this book goes “a way” to prove that claim. Superb writing and good back up images.

    Alone across the Atlantic the hard way

    $30.00

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  • Hindu-Koh – Wanderings and Wild Sport on and Beyond the Himalayas  – Major General Donald Macintyre.– 1891

    Hindu-Koh – Wanderings and Wild Sport on and Beyond the Himalayas – Major General Donald Macintyre.– 1891

    Published by Blackwood, Edinburgh and London in 1891. Updated enhanced edition of 1891.

    Large octavo, 362 pages with numerous illustrations. Striking blue cloth cover with the large gilt illustration of the mountain goat to the front. Very good condition. The frontispiece is a piece of work displaying the “bag” in all its magnificence. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is a masterpiece describing each element of the “bag” … we have put a piece of white paper behind to for the scan so that you can see the detail more clearly.

    Macintyre travelled from Srinagar to Leh and on to Chang Chenmo and Lingzi=tang in 1871. This journey covers parts of Cashmere, Sind, Ladakh, Tibet and parts of China. Extensively in the Himalaya foothills. The account represents many years of travel and hunting in the region.

    The account contains vivid descriptions of the people and their customs. And the wildlife … including elephant, tiger, bear, leopard, musk-deer, ibex, mansheer, yak and many more. A primary and early source.

    Donald Macintyre (1831-1903) was a Major in the British Indian Army … 2nd Gurkha Rifles. He was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Lushai Campaign for successfully storming enemy battlements while under intense fire. His medal resides in the Gurkha Museum.

    Rare and valuable account of the broader Himalayas.

    $290.00

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