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In summer, reading books on winter sports seem particularly appealing: skating, skiing, curling, etc., all reek of cold, frosty days - anticipation of which makes sweltering temperatures a little more bearable! In winter the appeal is more one of anticipation: waiting for just the right weather conditions in which to participate in these sports. Either way, the books are here ...

We hope you'll find something here which appeals to you!

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Heathcote, J.M.; Tebbutt, C.G.; Witham, T. Maxwell; [et al.]. Skating ... [and] Figure Skating. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. [First edition], Large Paper edition; number 120 of 250 copies. "With contributions on Curling (Rev John Kerr), Tobogganing (Ormond Hake), Ice-Sailing (Henry A. Buck), [and] Bandy (C.G. Tebbutt). Illustrated by Charles Whymper and Captain R.M. Alexander and from photographs." The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. With original Badminton Library deluxe issue binding of ¾ gilt stamped (Lonsdale arms) mustard cloth, with dark blue leather corners, and spine lettered in gilt; spine now sunned; head, tail and lower corners a bit worn; cloth lightly dusty. Title page printed in red and black; bookplate; contemporary ink gift inscription on limitation page; contents excellent. A near fine copy.

Heathcote, J.M.; Tebbutt, C.G.; Witham, T. Maxwell; [et al.]. Skating ... [and] Figure Skating. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1894. [Second edition]. "With contributions on Curling (Rev John Kerr), Tobogganing (Ormond Hake), Ice-Sailing (Henry A. Buck), [and] Bandy (C.G. Tebbutt). Illustrated by Charles Whymper and Captain R.M. Alexander and from photographs." The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. Beautifully rebound in modern ¾ golden-brown calf, with marbled boards; six-panelled spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Light foxing to a few leaves; top edge a bit dusty; a few leaves roughly opened. A fine, attractive copy.


Mobbs, A. Noel and McDermott, F. Curling in Switzerland: A Treatise on the Principles of the Game, and Where and How to Play It. London: Arrowsmith, 1929. First edition. "With 102 photographs and 34 diagrams." Publisher's gilt decorated (curler outdoors on front) and lettered (spine) bright blue cloth; lower front corner and fore edge bumped; a few minor dents above decoration; very faint damp mark at lower rear; very faint sunning along top front. Ink name and date on front endpaper; margins of a few pages dusty; short closed tear to fore edge of pp. 19/20. A near fine, nice and bright, copy.

Richardson, Ernie and McKee, Joyce. Curling. Toronto, Canada: Thos. Allen, 1962. [First edition]. "An authoritative handbook of the techniques and strategy of the ancient game of Curling as described ... to sports commentator Mr. Douglas Maxwell." Profusely illustrated with diagrams and instructional photographs of the authors and other top players of their generation. A fine copy in original silver lettered steel-blue cloth; bookplate; contents excellent. Near fine teal jacket lettered in white and black, now a touch browned on spine; two closed tears at top rear, spine ends creased with minor loss at head.

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[Royal Montreal Curling Club]. Twenty-Five Years of Curling, 1957 - 1982. Montreal: The Club, 1984. [First edition]. Original light blue stapled pamphlet, printed by photocopy (resulting in poor reproduction of photographs and some text). A fine copy, taking the history of the oldest curling club in North America from its sesquicentennial, as recorded by T.S. Morrisey in 1957, to its 175th anniversary.

[Royal Montreal Curling Club] [Morrisey, T.S.] One Hundred and Fifty Years of Curling, 1807-1957: The Royal Montreal Curling Club. Montreal: Privately Printed [The Club], 1957. [First edition]. Illustrated with several photographs of the club, its officers and trophies. Original light-blue heavy card covers, with royal blue cloth spine, printed in royal blue on front; minor bumping at edges, due to covers larger than the text block; a hint of tanning or dusting. Contents clean and tight. Near fine.
This history of the oldest curling club in North America includes information on visiting clubs, competitions, lists of members and office holders through the years; and sections on "The Ladies' Branch" and "The Sesqui-Centennial Bonspiel".

Dr. Lunn Vanity Fair [Vanity Fair prints]. Curling. Updated as available.

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Brown, Nigel. Ice-Skating: A History. London: The Sportsman's Book Club, 1960. A fine copy in original bright blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine, in publisher's glassine. An excellent history of the sport, from the earliest known skates to modern figure-skating and ice-dancing competitions and shows; illustrated with photographs of early to mid 20th century champions, as well as historical images.

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Jones, Ernest. The Elements of Figure Skating. London: Methuen & Co., 1931. First edition. "With a frontispiece and five diagrams", and an appendix of "Ice-Rinks in Great Britain". Original pumpkin-orange cloth, plainly lettered in black, a bit dusty and a touch rubbed at corners. Ownership name and date on front free endpaper; a few leaves thumbed; edges lightly foxed. Near fine.

Monier-Williams, Montagu S. Figure-Skating. London: A.D. Innes & Company, 1898. [First edition]. "The Isthmian Library ... No.7". Illustrated with ten plates (a few in colour) and dozens of in-text drawings and skating diagrams. Publisher's dark green cloth, with gilt lettering and Isthmian Library decoration (wrestlers on plinth) still nice and bright; corners and spine ends a bit creased and rubbed; joints also lightly rubbed; very minor rippling at lower front; faint mottling to rear. Endpapers a bit foxed and dusty; several pages "thumbed". 24 pp. publisher's October 1898 catalogue at rear. A very good copy.

[----- Another copy]. This one in variant grass-green cloth; lightly and evenly soiled overall; gilt still nice and bright; rubbed and a touch worn at extremities; lower front corner bumped; remnants of small label at lower spine. Pages lightly toned; text block cracked in a couple places, yet still holding firmly; two leaves severely creased at lower corner. Ex-institutional library copy, with markings (bookplates on front pastedown; blind-stamps on title page and p.55/6; date due stamps on rear pastedown). A very good copy.

Richardson, T.D. Ice Rink Skating. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1949. First edition. Illustrated with several photographs of British and international champions. Original light blue cloth, printed in dark blue; with spine leaning slightly and minor sunning along edge of ends thereof; light toning to endpapers. Colour pictorial (female skater performing) dust jacket with a hint of soiling on rear; a bit rubbed on front and corners; light creasing and chipping at corners and spine ends; several closed edge tears, with resultant creasing. Very good.
Richardson published a earlier book with the same title, through the same publisher, in 1938. Although there is a great deal of overlap between the two books, they are also substantially different, this one seeming to concentrate on indoor rinks. They are therefore listed as separate entities rather than as different editions of the same title.

Syers, E. and M. The Art of Skating (International Style). London: Horace Cox, 1913. [First edition]. "Illustrated by a series of [20] photographs taken for the author by A. Ullyett, and by others ..." and by many in-text skating diagrams. With 19 pp. skating and related equipment ads at front and rear. Original deep green cloth, lettered in white, with green/white photo-pictorial onlay; light bubbling to cloth. Ink notation at top of front endpaper, name and date on half title. A fine copy of this uncommon little book.
Madge Syers was an international skating star at the turn of the twentieth century, coached by her husband, Edgar. At the 1908 Olympic Games she was the first Gold Medal winner for women's figure skating; she and Edgar won Bronze for pairs.

Taylor, Captain S. Duff. Elements of Skating. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode (Publishers), [n.d., 1933]. [First edition]. With instructional photographs of the author, sans skates. Original blue card covers with photopictorial (the author in motion) onlay (with two small abrasions thereon); covers spotted and soiled, with minor fading to top edge and spine; head of spine creased. Contents a bit thumbed, but tight in binding. A very good copy of an unusual 16 pp. booklet.

Taylor, Captain S. Duff. Skating. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1937. [First separate edition]. "The contents of this volume are drawn from 'Winter Sports' edited by the Hon. Neville Lytton and published in 1930." Illustrated with skating diagrams, and photographic plates of the author and others; includes sections on figure, free and pair skating, as well as acrobatic skating and ice hockey. Original bright yellow cloth, lettered in black, now a touch dusty at edges; small spot on front, another on rear; internally excellent. White photo-pictorial (Diana Kingsmill free skating) dust jacket, lettered in red and black; publisher's "4/6" sticker overlaying original "2/6" price on front; minor wear at corners, with short closed tear at top front; lightly dusty, especially along front fore edge. A near fine copy.

Taylor, Captain S. Duff. Skating. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1949. [Later printing]. "The contents of this volume are drawn from 'Winter Sports' edited by the Hon. Neville Lytton, in the Lonsdale Library." Illustrated with skating diagrams, and photographic plates of the author and others; includes sections on figure, free and pair skating, as well as acrobatic skating and ice hockey. A fine copy in original bright yellow cloth lettered in black; corners bumped. Two unused Spanish stamps on front endpaper; contents otherwise bright, tight and clean. Near fine white photo-pictorial (the author?) dust jacket lettered in red and black, now tanned at spine but with none of the usual dusting; top edge of rear faintly creased, a few tiny closed tears; some wear to top of spine, with no loss; publisher's "12s/60p" sticker over original price of "6/-".

Witham, T. Maxwell. A System of Figure Skating. London: Horace Cox, 1897. Fifth edition. "Being the Theory and Practice of the Art as Developed in England, With a Glance at its Origins and History." Illustrated with in-text skating diagrams and figures, and 3 full-page views by H.H. Warner. Pumpkin orange boards, printed and decorated (pair of skaters) in black; now soiled, lightly sunned on spine, and scuffed at upper front cover; spine ends creased. Bookseller's label on front pastedown; neat ownership name and date on front endpaper; contents excellent. Very good copy.

Yglesias, H.R. Figure Skating. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1930. Third edition. With in-text instructional diagrams and two photo-plates. Original cherry red cloth lettered in black; spine dulled, cover lightly but unevenly sunned; a bit soiled overall, with corners bumped and a trace worn, and crease to spine. Endpapers tanned, affecting adjacent leaves; contents nice and tight. A very good copy of this classic early instructional.
"... I have expanded the directions for the popular Three Step Waltz, and added a description of the Ten Step and Fourteen Step Marches ..." (cf. "Preface to the Third Edition")

[Ephemera - Souvenir program]. Sonja Henie with her 1951 Hollywood Ice Revue ... "Annual Tour in the Wonderland of Entertainment." 50¢ souvenir program for Henie's 1951 national ice show tour. Extensively illustrated with photos of Henie skating, "off ice" and showing skating fashions; together with two pages of photos involving the whole troupe. 8 pp. stapled booklet, plus card covers and glassine; printed in green and black internally, with gilt skater and signature facsimile on curtain-design embossed cover; dampstain along fore-edge and lower spine corner; glassine rumpled with 4" streak matching one on front cover. A very good, though somewhat tired, copy of a skating souvenir.


D'Egville, A.H. Modern Ski-ing. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1929. "New edition" e.g. Second edition. Illustrated with in-text photographs and diagrams demonstrating techniques. In original golden-brown cloth, lettered and decorated (skier clearing a bump) in dark brow; very minor edge rubbing; neat ink ownership inscription on front pastedown; contents nice and tight. A fine copy.

Hallberg, F. and Mückenbrünn, H. The Complete Book of Ski-ing. New York: Greenberg, 1936. [First US edition]. Translated by Brian Lunn from Le Ski par la technique moderne, 4th edition. "With 32 pages of plates in [green-toned] photogravure and 180 illustrations in the text." Original blue textured buckram, lettered in white; spine tanned and marked, with light chipping to lettering thereon. Endpapers tanned; light foxing to edges. Publisher's original blue paper covered slipcase, with photopictorial (ski jumper) label; much worn and rubbed at edges. A very good copy of this "the most comprehensive and up-to-date manual of ski-ing published ..." (cf. slipcase blurb)

Lunn, Peter. High-Speed Skiing. Brattleboro, Vermont: Stephen Daye Press, 1935. [First edition]. Original blue cloth, lettered in black on spine. Plain putty-coloured dust jacket lettered in red and blue (caption: "Increase your SPEED by using your HEAD"); unsightly 2" browned glass-ring stain on front panel (virtually invisible on front cover); top edge creased resulting in short closed tears and 1/4" chip lacking across head of spine; light loss to corners; some light soiling. A very good copy.

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