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1825 Sporting Anecdotes Boxing Archery Angling Falconry Fox Bird Hunting Cricket For Sale
Mikebooks122 proudly presents a copy of a
ONE OF A KIND, ORIGINAL, 1825 EDITION OF: “Sporting Anecdotes, Original and Selected; Including Numerous Characteristic Portraits of Persons in Every Walk of Life, Who Have Acquired Notoriety from Their Achievements on the Turf, at the Table, and in the Diversions of the Field, with Sketches of various animals of the chase: to which is added, an account of noted pedestrians, trotting-matches, cricketers, &c. The whole forming a complete delineation of the Sporting World. A new edition, considerably enlarged and improved.”
It was authored by the infamous Pierce Egan. It was printed for Sherwood, Jones and Company, Paternoster Row in London in 1825.
This is a collection of his most entertaining anecdotes from a wide range of sports—fox hunting, horse racing, bird hunting, angling, cricket, boxing, and even pedestrianism—intended to amuse even the most casual sports fan. “The book deals with every manner of sport and contains memoirs of many celebrated sportsmen.” [Schwerdt] Robert Cruikshank, who provided two` of the illustrations, was George Cruikshank’s older brother, and a talented illustrator as well. “Second and finest edition.” [Schwerdt] This enlarged second edition is generally preferred for its hand-colored plates. [Tooley, 202]
Pierce Egan (1772–1849) was an early British journalist, sportswriter, and writer on popular culture.
Egan was born in the London suburbs, where he spent his life. By 1812, he had established himself as the country's leading 'reporter of sporting events', which at the time meant mainly prize-fights and horse-races. The result of these reports, which won him a countrywide reputation for wit and sporting knowledge, appeared in the four volumes of Boxiana, or, Sketches of Modern Pugilism, which appeared, lavishly illustrated, between 1818-24. It was Egan who first defined boxing as the sweet science.
Egan tells us, “… this volume of Anecdotes has been produced. The most interesting events, in all the various diversions of the Chase, &c. which occupy the mind of the sportsman, have also been collected together; in order, not only to refresh the memories of those persons who may have witnessed many of the transactions related in this work; but, in fact, rather to prevent any individual from being a silent member in the company of Sporting Characters, by enabling him not to let the Tale or Song stand still, and to take a share in the amusements of the evening by the relation of any attractive Anecdote out of this selection, that may best accord with his talents in recital.”
A few excerpts, “Archery is an amusement which steals (if it may be so expressed) upon a man's affections, and often makes him perform more than he thinks is in his power: for many au archer who would not undertake to walk five miles in a journey has walked six at the targets; for in shooting forty-eight times up to one target, and forty-eight times back again to the other, (the number of rounds the Toxophilite Society shoot on grand days,) besides walking to the arrows shot beyond the targets which upon a reasonable calculation may be reckoned five yards each time and that five back again, makes ninety-six times one hundred and ten yards, which is exactly six miles. Page 286.
“An Arab, mounting a swift courser, held the falcon on his hand, as huntsmen commonly do. Wheu he espied the animal on the top of the mountain, he let loose the falcon,' which flew in a direct line, like an arrow, and attacked the antelope, fixing the talons of one of his feet into its cheeks, and those of the other into its throat, extending his wings obliquely over the animal; spreading one towards one of his ears, and the other to the opposite hip. The creature, thus attacked, made a leap twice the height of a man, and freed himself from the falcon; but, being wounded, and losing both its strength and speed, it was again attacked by the bird, which fixed the talons of both his feet into its throat, and held it fast, till the huntsman coming up, took it alive, and cut its throat.” Page 192.
Provenance. Laid in is an invoice from W. & G. Foyle, The World’s Greatest Bookshop to Mr. Russell M. Sanders for this book at a cost of $24.39 in March 6, 1956. Owner signature on ffp.
Condition: Rare book remains in good condition [see images]. Volume is rebound in handsome three quarter leather and pretty marbled boards. Endpapers attractively refreshed. Raised band spine with gilt sporting vignettes in compartments. Red label with title and brown label with author’s name.
1. Frontispiece with eight compartments by J.R. Cruikshank after P. Roberts.
2. Monday after the "Great St. Leger." Drawn and engraved by Robert Cruikshank. Colored.
3. Colonel Thornton.
4. A Visit to the Five Court (folding). Engraved by R. Cruikshank. Colored.
5. Rat Hunting. P. Roberts after Alken. Colored.
6. Thos. Cribb. Roberts after Sharples.
Numerous in text engravings. It measures approx. 8.5" tall x 5.5" wide x 1.25" thick. Volume contains 592 pages of text, and one page of advertisement in front. This is quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.
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