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These five vintage tomes, simply entitled Boxiana, chronicle the origins of pugilism and trace the sport's development through the 18th and 19th Centuries. Published in London, "for the booksellers," Volumes 3, 4 and 5 are each dedicated to a different member of British royalty. The books' pages are filled with wit, wisdom and anecdotal information, as well as technical descriptions and plenty of detailed, etched full-page illustrations. Subject matter addresses the evolution of the sport in the United Kingdom and various other European countries, as well as America, and plenty of space is devoted to key individuals who starred in the ring. Each of the five consecutive volumes (5-3/4" x 8") contains approximately 500-550 pages. Despite heavy peripheral wear, edge rubbing and spine weathering that necessitates a technical grade of GD/VG overall (Volume I's cover is also completely separated), the quintet features tight binding and EX/MT interior contents. An invaluable, and very rare, boxing reference work that would be at home in the finest historical archive of the pugilistic art.
1800s "Boxiana" Complete Set of Five Hardbound Volumes
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