British Sports and Sportsmen, Past and Present -

Circa 1913 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - Royal edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this set is number 105.
Two large finely bound folios containing the biographies of 303 of leading British sportsmen from the eighteenth and (primarily) nineteenth centuries, practitioners of the hunt, polo, steeplechase, cricket, rugby, boxing, and other gentlemanly pursuits accompanied by approximately 300 full page photogravure portrait plates. With a fascinating introduction by Horace G. Hutchinson. Volume I covers Hugo Meynell 1735-1808 to The Hon. Egremont Lascelles 1825-1892; Volume II covers George Parr 1826-1891 to Henry Arthur, Viscount Chelsea 1868-1908.

Compiled and Edited by ‘
The Sportsman’. Two large folio volumes [39x29cm] . Profusely illustrated.  
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Price HK$ 8,000

Polo at Home and Abroad - T. F. Dale ‘Stoneclink’ (editor)

1915 - The London & Counties Press Association Ltd, London - Subscribers Edition, No. 59 of 150 copies
Possibly the most important and detailed work on Polo to be published, covering the history polo, techniques, ponies, the state of the game throughout the world, including details of overseas clubs in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, tournaments, and rules.

This large leather bound volume is also magnificently illustrated with six mounted colour plates after water-colours by G. D. Armour, specially executed for this work, seven black and white photogravure plates, and forty black and white photographic plates.

‘It is amazing that no attempt dedicated to a history of polo in Britain has been undertaken since the Reverend Thomas Francis Dale wrote his monumental
Polo at Home and Abroad in 1915. This handsome book set the bar for future historians extraordinarily high’ – Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in Britain [2012]. 
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Price HK$ 12,000