Swimming - The All-England Series - Martin and J. Racster Cobbett 1891 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition A near fine example with usually found with covers rubbed, and thus scarce. With 60 illustrations.

Wonderfully written in the Victorian manner, with chapters headings which include:
floating; parlour practice; the kick; the racing stroke; tricks; plunging and diving; sea-bathing; and an appendix with Directions issued by the Royal Society for restoring the apparently dead.
  Small octavo (book size 17.2x11.6cm), pp. [3 advertisements] [4] 64 [7 advertisements]. Pagination of this particular book includes the endpapers, as they are all printed with advertisements.   Condition: A near fine copy, with just a hint of fading to the spine, and the usual offsetting to the endpapers, else spotless, in bright pictorial boards.   Ref: 103449   Price: HK$ 1,800