British Sports and Sportsmen, Past and Present - Circa 1913 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - First Edition. 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.

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The Sportsman’. Two large folio volumes [39x29cm] . Profusely illustrated.
  Folio, two volumes (binding size 32x27cm), pp. xxiii 168; iv 169-325.   Bound in full dark blue morocco with five raised bands on the spine. Gilt ruling, decorations, and titles to the covers and spines. All edges gilt. Inner dentelles and marbled endpapers.   Condition: A near fine set, light scattered foxing to preliminary pages. Volume I - top corners of binding bumped, foxing slightly heavier to verso of title and first contents page, two closed tears to half title, 2cm closed tear to contents page ii. A little foxing to page 74 where a piece of straw had been placed. Volume II - some foxing to top corner of last plate and opposite page.   Ref: 104237   Price: HK$ 8,000