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EGAN, Pierce.
Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism; from the days of the renowned Broughton and Slack to the Heroes of the present Milling Æra!
London: Printed by and for G. Smeeton and sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones and all other Booksellers, 1812. London: Printed by and for G. Smeeton and sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones and all other Booksellers,, 1812-24. 5 volumes: 4 text vols. octavo (219 x 130 mm), one plate vol. small quarto (280 x 180 mm). Late-19th century brown half calf, matching sand-grain cloth sides, spines with central blind foliate motif, gilt banding and milled roll to raised bands, red and green morocco twin labels, top edges gilt, Nonpareil pattern marbled endpapers; plate volume rebacked to style. Engraved vignette title page and 42 plates of largely stipple-engraved portraits by Percy Roberts and others; 62 engraved plates in the plate volume. Superficial scratch to spine of vol. I, scattered foxing. A very good set, clean and complete, preserving a number of the original publisher's advertisements, the rather sombre bindings having the virtue of opening easily at the printed page. First editions of the original four volumes as issued by Sherwood, Neely and Jones; Egan added further volumes in 1828 and 1829 but the publishers sought an injunction against him and he was required to bring them out as part of a "New Series". The plate volume was issued around 1840 and comprises "62 plates, these being made up by 57 plates from the volumes, plus three single figures of boxers who were originally shown in combat with another pugilist on a folding plate" (Hartley). Boxiana is a cornerstone of any library of pugilism, superbly illustrated, the stipple-engraved portraits by Percy Roberts being … [Click Below for Full Description]
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