An Almanac of twelve sports.
London. Published by William Heinemann, 1898. First edition.
Quarto. 12 Lithographs in colour on cartridge paper Original publisher's cloth-backed pictorial paper boards, contemporary (original?) glassine dustwrapper. A trifle marked, short tears to dustwrapper at spine. Endpapers browned, light offsetting, else internally immaculate. A fine copy.
A remarkably well-preserved copy of the first edition (issued in 1897, with title pages postdated 1898) of this scarce sporting plate book, illustrated by William Nicholson (1872-1949), with text by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). The 12 marvellous plates, one for each month, depict: Hunting (January), Coursing (February), Racing (March), Boating (April), Fishing (May), Cricket (June), Archery (July), Coaching (August), Shooting (September), Golf (October), Boxing (November) and Skating (December).£ 1,450.00 Antiquates Ref: 20407