Canoeing and Camping (No. 60R in Spalding’s Red Cover Series of Athletic Handbooks)

Canoeing and Camping (No. 60R in Spalding’s Red Cover Series of Athletic Handbooks)

New York: American Sports Publishing Company, 1915. Approximately 5” x 6.5”. Original publisher’s pictorial wrapper. Owned by Captain Oliver H. Dockery of the U. S. Army 15th Infantry Regiment in Tientsin, China. Complete. 118 pages of text and photographs including a portrait frontispiece; 20-page advertising section in the rear. Sound binding. Clean pages with moderate wear. Captain Dockery’s ownership information is on the front cover, title page, and edge of text block. Good to Very Good. Item #008577

“Spalding’s Canoeing and Camping . . . deals with the subject in such a way that the most inexperienced camper and canoeist may become expert by following it precepts. . . . it gives lucid and complete instructions for a camping or canoeing vacation, dealing with the details of camp life, various kinds of canoes and how to manipulate them. . . . numerous illustrations from photographs, diagrams and detailed drawings.” (The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer, 1 Aug 1915, Vol 43, p. 115)

Dockery apparently took this book along when he was assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment stationed in Tientsin as part of an international peace-keeping mission designed to protect civilians during the numerous revolutions and uprisings that afflicted China following the Boxer Rebellion.

Rather scarce. As of 2018, no examples are for sale in the trade. ABPC and Rare Book Hub show no auctions records. Examples are held by ten institution per OCLC.

Price: $100.00

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