Boxiana; or Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism
By Pierce Egan
Early reprints of the first three volumes in Pierce Egan's important Boxiana series, a collection of articles about the bareknuckle forerunner of boxing, which at that time was conducted under the London Prize Ring rules, and was outlawed in England. The series was continued by Egan's rival Jon Bee for a fourth volume in 1824 and Egan would publish two further volumes under "New Series" Boxiana in 1828 and 1829.
London: Vol 1 and 2 for Sherwood, Jones, and Co., Vol 3 for G. Virtue, 1823, 1824, 1829. Finely bound by Riviere and Son in full polished calf, boards ruled in gilt, five raised bands to spines, spines gilt in compartments and with crimson and tan morocco labels, all page edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles; engraved frontispieces and additional titles, volume 1 bound with 1812 title and frontispiece, numerous engraved plates, some fold-0ut, throughout, pp. Vol 1: viii, 497; Vol 2: viii, 580; Vol 3: viii, 640. Volume 1 rebacked, volumes 2 and 3 front hinges split but holding, light rubbing and shelfwear to boards and spine with a few minor marks, rear board of volume 1 rubbed with a bit of discoloration. Internally quite clean, with faded contemporary signature to titles of volume 1 and 3, armorial bookplate of Villiers Hatton and an additional bookplate to front endpapers, light scattered foxing and toning with a few expert repaired tears to plates. Overall, a nice example of this increasingly scarce record of boxing history, finely bound by Riviere and Son.