Boxing (Lot of 10, 1915-1916)

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    First Edition.

    29cm x 21cm. 10 volumes. Folded newsprint.

    A small lot of early issues from the first incarnation of the weekly English journal, Boxing, which from the 1940s to today is known as Boxing News. This lot published during World War I under the original editorship of John Murray, each issue is illustrated throughout with photographs, mostly of boxers in stance, and discusses bouts in England and abroad, with regular published sections on the sport in America, Australia, and elsewhere, as well as fights held within the armed services. Published every Wednesday and available for one penny, it claimed to be “The only paper in the world solely devoted to boxing” and to have “The Largest Circulation of any Sporting Journal in the World.” with general offices in London and Paris, and distribution in Australia and New Zealand by Gordon & Gotch, India by A. H. Wheller & Co., South Africa by Central News Agency, Canada by the Imperial News Co., and in the United States by The International News Co.. Despite all this, with their tabloid format, wartime quality paper, and the office being destroyed in an air raid in 1941, these earlier issues are rare, even among fans of Boxing News, and as of December, 2021, only held at The British Library, with 3 other institutions having very partial holdings, all in either the US or UK. Lot of 10 issues, each issue ranges in length from 12 to 24 pages. Full list of issues: 1. No. 290 (March 24, 1915); 2. No. 291 (March 31, 1915); 3. No. 350 (May 17, 1916); 4. No. 351 (May 24, 1916); 5. No. 352 (May 31, 1916); 6. No. 354 (June 14, 1916); 7. No. 375 (Nov. 8, 1916); 8. No 376 (Nov 15, 1916); 9. No 377 (Nov 22, 1916); 10. No 378 (Nov. 29, 1916), together with the front cover only of No. 367, September 13, 1916.

    The lot ranges from Good to Fair. Many issues split at spine, some with small chips and tears to edges. Minor foxing and tanning. Fair Condition.

    $350.00 AUD

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