Chess Endings From Modern Master-Play

by Jacques Mieses

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Jakob Mieses was born in 1865 in Leipzig, Germany. He enjoyed a long lasting professional chess career of 64 years. Mieses played in numerous tournaments throughout his life, and was known and studied as having a very aggressive, and at the same time, rather traditional playing style. He lived in Germany until the rise of Nazism; as he was Jewish he fled Germany after Kristallnacht, even though he was elderly and had only a little bit of money in his pocket. He went on to become a UK citizen, and is credited as bring the first British grandmaster.

Mieses’ wit and sharpness continued to the end of his life and were credited to his dedication to physical fitness and his fondness of swimming. He remained active in England until dying just a few days shy of his 89th birthday. He continued to play regularly, and always kept a keen sense of humor. For example, at the age of 84, after defeating an 86-year-old, fellow chess master Van Foreest, Mieses famously stated, “Youth has been victorious.”

 

Miscellaneous Conjuring Tricks, From ‘Modern Magic’

by Professor Hoffman

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Magic is, by nature, a rather secretive field. One of the first people to write in detail about various tricks, methods and devices used to perform magic was Professor Hoffmann. His articles were considered pioneering in the field, particularly among English speakers. He became known as an expert, although he had not much personal practice as a magician. Instead, he studied magic, both tricks and theory. This particular work is taken from parts of Modern Magic, which was a collection of articles he wrote on various aspects of magic that was collected and published in 1876. Professor Hoffmann’s real name was Angelo Lewis. He was born in London on July 23, 1839, and died in December of 1919. In addition to writing about magic, he also wrote stories for children, including the book Conjurer Dick, published in 1886.

 

The Laws of Ecarte: The Laws of Écarté, Adopted by The Turf and Portland Clubs with a Treatise on the Game

by Cavendish

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In the 19th century, Écarté was all the rage. The name is French for ‘discarded’ as the two player game focuses on each playing working to get rid of undesirable cards, and negotiating with the dealer for a set of potentially better cards. The game requires a lot of quick thinking, shuffling, bluffing and luck. It is somewhat similar to Euchre, which was popular in the United States. Although the game can be played with a simple card deck, the rules can become large and cumbersome, or minimal, depending on the players’ preference. This work offers a look at various rules and styles of playing Écarté.

 

Practical Falconry: To Which is Added, How I Became a Falconer

by Gage Earle Freeman

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Gage Earle Freeman (1820-1903) wrote a number of articles on falconry. He was introduced to the sport in England and retained a life-long interest in it, often working with kestrel-hawks, peregrine falcons, and sparrow hawks. He was also an esteemed poet, winning four Seatonian Prizes; a father to ten children, and married twice. He attended St. John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1845 with a B.A. and became an ordained priest in 1847, receiving his M.A. in 1850. In 1889, he became a vicar and a private chaplain to the Earl of Lonsdale, and remained in that position until his death.

This new edition is dedicated to the Duke of St. Albans, remembering school days in Judde House, Tonbridge.

 

A Fox-Hunting Anthology: Selections from the Writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

by E. D. Cuming

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Edward Wfoxilliam Dirom Cuming was born in 1862, the son of the late Colonel Edward William Cuming. He studied at private schools and then began working in business overseas, primarily in Lower Burma. Soon, having enough wealth, he was able to pursue his passion of writing. He served as the assistant editor for Land and Water from 1892-1896. He also wrote numerous works about hunting, such as Fox and Hounds (1915) and British Sport Past and Present (1909) and his impressions of life in Burma, including In the Shadow of the Pagoda (1897) and With the Jungle Folk (1897). This volume adds to the literature about the British Empire and its sports, which has attracted considerable scholarship in recent years.

This edition is dedicated to Wallace Boston, keen observer of horses and hounds.

 

Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook to the Safety Bicycle: Treating of Safety Bicycles, Their Varieties, Construction & Use

by Henry Sturmey

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Penny-farthings were part of the cycling craze from the Victorian era, also known as the high wheel bicycle. They were notoriously unstable due to their design, which featured a giant front wheel followed by a very small back wheel, leaving the rider perilously far above ground. By the late 1880s, the “safety bicycle” emerged which featured two same size wheels, very similar in design to bikes today. The term “safety” has since been dropped since the design style is ubiquitous to bikes today. The chain drive and lower center of gravity allowed for a greater usage of bikes. As these bikes exploded in popularity by the 1890s, so did the publishing of various biking guides, notably Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook for the Safety Bicycle. This manual illustrated how to care for and repair bicycles. For modern readers, it also serves as a helpful illustration of the history of bicycles.