Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, Hedley Peek, and F. G. Aflalo (eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Sport (1900)


Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, Hedley Peek, and F. G. Aflalo (eds.), The Encyclopædia of Sport: The Standard Edition, 4 vols. (London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1900), vol. i: [x], 1–344 pp,; vol. ii: 345–632 pp.; vol. iii, 1–312 pp.; vol. iv, 313–656 pp..

Quarto. First edition in a four-volume format. Numerous illustrations on plates (with tissue guards) and in text. Contemporary red three-quarter morocco, richly gilt, with marbled endpapers and edges. 

This work covers an enormous range of topics, with entries including W. J. Ford on cricket, Prince Demidoff on deerstalking in the Caucasus, Robert Baden-Powel on pig-sticking, Colonel F. T. Pollock on skittles and rounders, Montagu Browne on taxidermy, and Lord Dunraven on yachting. Theodore Roosevelt contributed eleven articles, though none on not shooting bear cubs! 

The three editors were Henry Charles Howard, 18th Earl of Suffolk and 11th Earl of Berkshire (1833–1898), and Frederick George Aflalo (1870–1918) author of The Art of Deer-Stalking (1838) and Sea-Fishing on the English Coast (1891). The biscuit manufacturer, sportswriter, publisher, and author Francis Hedley Peek (1858–1904) wrote the fantasy volume Nema and Other Stories (1895) and The Chariot of the Flesh (1897), which contains a precursor to Superman. His father’s company, in conjunction with George Hender Frean, built their fortune on supplying navy biscuits for the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. It went on to create the Garibaldi biscuit (1861), the Marie (1875), the Chocolate Table (1899, the first chocolate-coated biscuit), and the Bourbon (1910). The jazz and cocktail age ushered in Twiglets and Cheeselets in the 1930s.

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DIMENSIONS: 11.00" H x 8.00" W
YEAR: 1900
CONDITION: Very good. All bindings tight and gilt intact. Some darkening to leather as shown and some wear to the outside hinge of vol. iv as shown. Some light foxing to prelims but none within and none to plates.
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