Pugilistica, The History of British Boxing. Containing: Lives of the Most Celebrated Pugilists; Full reports of their battles from contemporary newspapers, with Authentic Portraits, Personal Anecdotes, and Sketches of the Principal Patrons of the Prize Ring, forming a Complete History of the Ring from Fig and Broughton, 1719-40, to the Last Championship Battle between King and Heenan, in December 1863 - Henry Downes Miles 1906 - John Grant, Edinburgh - First Edition Thus Three volumes of the most comprehensive history of 18th and 19th century boxing ever produced.

First published in 1880, and then with added illustrations for this set of 1906. The illustrations include sixty-one full page plates, two folding plates, and numerous in-text sketches.
  References: Hartley 1365.

Thick octavo, three volumes (book size 23.2x16.8cm), pp. xiii [1] [1 (
Champions of England)] [1] v-xvi 507 [1]; [8] 538, 6 (Index to Volume II); [8] [1 (Preface to Vol. III.)] [1] 528, 6 (Index to Volume III). In publisher’s Orange brown cloth spines lettered and illustrated in gilt, front board lettered in black with gilt vignette of two boxers bordered in black, top and bottom edges trimmed foredge untrimmed.

Collated (4/2018) Volumes I - 28 full page plates, 2 folding plates; II - 19 full page plates; III - 14 full page plates.
  Condition: Near fine, slight wrinkling to spines, and faint number to each, internally near fine, very light foxing to first and last few pages, small patch of worming to lower edge of last pages in volume I.   Ref: 109387   Price: HK$ 5,000