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Significant Boxing-Book Collection Including Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Rarities (6)

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $1,200

Collection of six exceedingly rare and early boxing book, all but one of which date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is a remarkable collection of early boxing books, many of which can only be found today in either advanced private collections or prominent research libraries. Unless otherwise noted, all are first editions. 1) The Complete Art of Boxing by "An Amateur of Eminence" (printed for M. Follingsby, London, 1788). We have never seen another copy at auction. Ninety-one pages. Missing its original covers, rebound in black leather. Ex (without reference to the missing original covers). 2) The Art of Manual Defence (printed for G. Kearsley, London, 1789). This is believed to be the second edition of this early and significant reference work and we have only seen one other copy. 133 pages. Missing its original covers, rebound in leather and cloth boards. Foxing and light staining to the interior pages. Vg (without reference to the missing original covers). 3) The Art of Boxing by Thomas Belcher (W. Mason, London, 1815). Thirty-six pages. Missing its original covers, rebound with red-leather boards featuring gilt accents. Pencil notations on two of the first blank pages. Foxing to the pages. Vg (without reference to the missing original covers). 4) The Art of Self Defense by Pierce Egan (Sherwood and Bowyer, Strand, London,1845). 199 pages. This is a classic boxing book and one of the most important early works on the subject. Missing its original covers, rebound in brown leather boards. Book plates of former owners on interior pages. Name of a former owner written in ink on the front flyleaf. Foxing to the pages. Vg (without reference to the missing original covers). 5) Boxing by Jem Mace Jr. (Phelp Bros., Moore Park Road, Fulham, [n.d.], circa 1890). We have only seen one other example of this book, which was offered by an antiquarian bookseller. This particular copy was apparently presented to the Earl of Lonsdale as noted by the vintage inscription on the Introduction page that reads "The Earl of Lonsdale/With the Author's/Compliments." Hugh Cecil Lowther was the Fifth Earl of Lonsdale and one of Britain's leading sportsmen at the turn of the century. He was the founder of the Lonsdale Championship Boxing Belt, so it seems only fitting that he was presented a signed copy of this work. Thirty pages. With original gilt-lettered leather boards. Gd-Vg, with heavy wear to the covers, tape reinforcement to the interior spine, and a few tiny pencil notations on the title page. 6) Two Fisted Jeff by Hugh Fullerton (Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc., Chicago, 1929). This example is notable both for the inclusion of the original dust jacket, and the extremely rare advertising overlay that reads "The Life Story of James. J. Jeffries World's Greatest Heavyweight Champion." 319 pages. Book: Ex. Dust jacket: Vg, with a number of edge tears. Overlay: Ex. Total: 6 books.
  Reserve $800. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200

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