Fortunes and Dreams. Billed as 'A practical manual of fortune telling, divination and the interpretation of dreams, signs and omens'. The author - Astra Cielo - is aptly named (1917).
Rocket Manual for Amateurs by Capt. Bertrand R. Brinley (1960). Includes design, testing, preparation of fuels and firing rockets that you can make yourself.
The Expert Waitress: A manual for the pantry and dining room (1894). Includes instructions for serving meals and picnics, maintaining the dining room and pantry, washing dishes, and caring for the silver.
The Toastmaster's Manual by Harold W. Donahue (1937). Includes tips on dealing with hecklers and long-winded speakers.
"Magic for the masses" (1939). Includes instructions on doing magic tricks with cigarettes, cigars, cards, coins, silks, balls, and ropes.
Castrol Racing Drivers' Manual (1974) - tips for becoming the next Mario Andretti.
The Television Actor's Manual by William C Hodapp (1955). Tips on acting techniques, learning scripts and handling fame.
A taxidermy manual (1979) with tips on mounting and painting fish for display.
A beautiful book (1936) containing historical background about Japanese flower arranging.
First published in 1740. Tips on attacking and defending a fortification. Scaling walls, crossing moats, dodging arrows...
First published in 1975, detailed instructions for Star Fleet cadets and nerds everywhere.
Originally published in 1926, when exercise for ladies was rudimentary.
Published in 1975 by the Oklahoma Farrier's College.
Written by the wonderfully named Florence Powdermaker. This book was widely read in the 1940s and 1950s.
Police pursuit British-style, first published in the 1960s.
Wonderful title from 1864 - A Manual of Free Gymnastic and Dumb-Bell Exercises for the School-Room and Parlor.
"Both Affirmative and Negative", from 1902.
The Gold Panner's Manual - a "Canadian bestseller" in 1979.
This "Manual of Tumbling and Apparatus Stunts" has been around for decades.
Flints: An Illustrated Manual of the Stone Age for Beginners was published by the British Museum in 1926.
Published by wonderfully named Soaring Society of America, this is a guide to gliding.
One for shy men. Of Wives and Wiving is a manual for finding a wife from 1947.
A 1950s manual about parakeets, including, bizarrely, a section on household safety.
Published in 1939, this manual helps designers make bold statements.
Published by Fur & Feather in the 1970s, this manual covers everything from reproduction (relatively easy, surely?) to rabbit economics.
The uilleann pipes apparently produce a sweeter sound than the Scottish ones. Audio book version unavailable.
Dogs, cats, snakes, budgies - this 1953 manual shows you how to sell them.
Hennessey + Ingalls
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