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    Badminton Library

    [Henry Somerset, editor]. The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1894-1896.

    Mixed editions, many firsts. Octavo. Frontispieces. Many illustrations. Indices.

    Uniformly bound in scarlet half morocco over cloth boards. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spines with gilt-stamped sporting devices in the compartments. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Some rubbing to spine ends. Many volumes have tears to heads of spines. Overall, a handsome set in very good condition.

    Includes all twenty-eight of the original Badminton series, including: Hunting; Fishing: Salmon & Trout; Fishing: Pike & Coarse Fish; Racing and Steeple-Chasing; Shooting: Field & Covert; Shooting: Moor & Marsh; Cycling; Athletics & Football; Boating; Cricket; Driving; Fencing, Boxing & Wrestling; Golf; Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Rackets & Fives; Riding & Polo; Mountaineering; Coursing & Falconry; Skating & Figure Skating; Swimming; Big Game Shooting I; Big Game Shooting II; Archery; Sea Fishing; Dancing; Billiards; and The Poetry of Sport. A wealth of information from experts on a variety of sports and gentlemanly pursuits. Editor Henry Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort, decided to create this series because, as he states in the preface: "There is no modern encyclopædia to which the inexperienced man, who seeks guidance in the practice of the various British Sports and Pastimes, can turn for information."

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