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The Encyclopaedia of Sport.
Author: The Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire Hedley Peek and F. G. Aflalo (Editors).
Reference #: 1165
Status: For Sale
List Price: $90.00
Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., London, 1898. Two large quarto volumes (10.5”), , original cloth with gilt spine titles and ornamentation, and publisher’s device on front boards; issued without dustwrapper. pp. [x] + 632; and [v] + 655 pp. Illustrated throughout; Index to both volumes at rear of Vol. 1. A Very Good set overall.
First issued in 1897, and subsequently re-published in slightly smaller format, 4 volumes in 2, this work became for many households the source for reference material on sport. In that period, the term had a much broader meaning than now, and included much on natural history around the world, with articles and illustrations on such diverse topics as: Agouti; Bison and Buffalo; Camping Out (South Africa); Coursing; Deck Sports; Falconry; Lacrosse; Military Sports; Rackets; Shooting; Taxidermy; and Wolf Coursing. These essays are accompanied by small illustrations throughout, in addition to which there are 20 full-page plates from engravings in each book. (All 40 plates are present.)
The small, discreet, bookseller’s ticket on the front paste-down of each volume is that of “M. Smith” in “Alnwick”. The boards of each volume show minor edgewear, rubbing, and small areas of discolouration. There is a small stain to the top corner of the front paste-down of Vol. 2 (approx. 1.25 x 1.5”) that is faintly echoed on the free endpaper. This is neither a dampstain nor foxing, and the balance of the pages are clean and bright. The binding is tight and square, with the front hinge of the second volume starting, but still firm. They are somewhat uncommon in such good condition, as their weight – over 5.5 kg. - often results in the front boards being detached, or several signatures separating; such is not the case with this set. (This weight will, however, render shipping costs over the default amounts.)
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