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'Pierce Egan's Book of Sports.' No.1
Lettered below the title [Price Three Pence]
A pamphlet of 16 pages with a single vignette illustration on the title page. The illustration represents a stagecoach with a smartly dressed driver seated at the front of his vehicle beside a lady receiving a text (possibly a broadsheet?) inscribed 'EGAN' from a deliveryman who is on foot. The side door of the carriage is inscribed with the word 'AGE.' Other passengers on the vehicle include a young man smoking at the front. An older man is positioned at the back of the coach sounding a bugle. Another man stands beside the four horses carrying a sign bearing the words "EGAN's BOOK OF SPORTS" with a line drawing of a jockey on horseback.
Lettered below the image: 'The swell draightsman of the age' with four lines of verse.
The pamphlet is printed in columns and divided into articles on sporting themes:
The swell dragsman of the age.
John Day- A Pathetic Ballad
Frederic II of Prussia- His Attachment to Dogs
Affection of the Arabian Horse
On the Usefulness of Pugilism
Lord Byron's Taste for Boxing
A song entitled, Daniel Dabb!
Dr Abernethy and the Foxhunter
Love of Bears
Lettered at the end of the text Printed for Thomas Tegg, Cheapside, by John Haddon, Castle Street, Finsbury.
Letterpress pamphlet with wood engraved illustration
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Height: 189 millimetres
Width: 123 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of 'Political Tracts Volume 10.' Number 10 of 10 volumes of pamphlets mainly published circa 1819-1822. Volume 10 is a collection of later pamphlets acquired from unknown sources.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- The acquisition source is unknown (2018). The 'Political Alphabet' 184.a.10/2 is catalogued by Reid and therefore, must have entered the collection prior to publication of his 'Catalogue of Cruikshank's Works' 1871. Due to annotations by Elizabeth Senior on the pamphlets, they will have entered the collection before 1939.
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