DRIVING ~ BADMINTON LIBRARY OF SPORTS AND PASTIMES, Henry Somerset 1901 HC/DJ
Driving ~ The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes, by The Eighth Duke of Beaufort, Henry Somerset ~ 5th Edition 1901 HC/DJ ~ Includes Scarce Dust Jacket
Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co., London (1901, 5th Edition)
The book is in excellent condition with solid, tight, boards and binding with minimal shelf-wear. The pages are crisp and clean save for some spots of very light foxing on the title page and on the outer fore-edge. Otherwise, no interior markings present. The very scarce dust jacket is in good condition with tears and wear. 416 pages, with illustrations throughout by G.D. Giles and John Sturgess. Please see pictures and below for more information on the Badminton Library.
The Badminton Library, called in full The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes, was a sporting and publishing project conceived and founded by Henry Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort (1824–1899). Between 1885 and 1902 it developed into a series of sporting books which aimed to cover comprehensively all major sports and pastimes. Badminton Library was originally published in twenty-eight volumes between 1885 and 1896. To these was later added Rowing & Punting (1898), superseding Boating (1888). New volumes for Athletics (1898) and Football (1899) supplemented the original Athletics and Football (1887). In 1902, the final entirely new volume, Motors and Motor-Driving, covered a new sport, and lastly there was a new edition of Cricket in 1920.