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The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette; a Magazine, entirely appropriated to sporting subjects and fancy pursuits; containing every thing worthy of remark on hunting, shooting, coursing, racing, fishing, cocking, pugilism, wrestling, singlestick, pedestrianism, cricket, billiards, rowing, sailing, &c. &c. Accompanied with striking representations of the various subjects
London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1822-28. First Edition, with rare Number for June 1828 and the leaf of Errata in Volume II. 13 vols., 8vo (8-1/2 x 6 inches; 215 x 150mm). Illustrated with 152 plates, many of them hand colored, by Henry Alken, Samuel Alken, Robert Cruikshank, Thomas and Edwin Landseer, etc., and 214 woodcuts in the text and including wood-engraved additional titles. Uniform contemporary half calf over marbled paper-covered boards, the spines in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, volume number and date lettered direct to the fourth compartment, the others with various large single sporting motifs with a hunter, horse racer, hunting horn and fish and fishing tackle in gilt, purple label "Sold by Hodgsons, Bookseller and Stationer - Belfast", ENTIRELY UNCUT, each volume within a later individual red morocco slipcase by H. Zucker of Philadelphia, spines decorated in gilt with tooling similar to the spines of the set (occasional abrasion and surface damage to leather, upper joint of vol. I repaired.). Schwerdt I, pp. 32-5; Tooley 64; Podeschi A12; Dixon sale, lot 130 (this copy, $1700). Provenance: Daniel Cooper (armorial bookplate in each vol.); Fitz Eugene Dixon (with his armorial bookplate in vol.I ) . One of the great appeals of this journal is the breadth of subjects covered. The primary emphasis is on hunting, shooting, and the turf, but its reach extends to such less fashionable pursuits as swimming and gymnastics; the angler will find much of interest here. A superb, prime set of this important sporting journal, complete in 13 volumes, WITH THE RARE JUNE 1828 NUMBER, (the last issued, of which only a small number were published), the January to June title page for 1828, half titles where called for, and the errata page in Vol. 2. PLUS The Turf Herald and Turf Guides for 1824-1827. A crisp, clean set, beautifully bound. A CORNERSTONE OF ANY SPORTING LIBRARY
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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