“FAIR PLAY IS THE HIGHEST LAW OF SPORTSMEN THE WORLD OVER”: INTERNATIONAL SPORT, WITH 65 PHOTOGRAVURES OF RENOWNED EQUESTRIAN SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN, MANY WITH THEIR HORSES
(POLO) STOCK, Alphons. International Sport. London, New York: Universal Bridge of Trade, circa 1930. Tall folio (11 by 17 inches), original full burgundy pebbled morocco, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. $3800.
Limited first edition of this gallery of the most notable equestrian sportsmen and sportswomen of the world circa 1930, one of only 250 copies, this copy unnumbered. With 65 lovely photogravure portraits, many astride their horses.
Includes profiles of the King of Spain Alfonso XIII and Edward, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become Edward VIII in 1936 and then the Duke of Windsor when he abdicated. Also renowned sportswoman Pansy Ireland, William DuPont, John Hertz, Edward Hurd, George H. Mead, Prince Aga Khan, Richard Mellon, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, and many others. Text in English and French.
Text and photogravures clean and fine. Minor discoloration to front cover, very nearly fine condition. A splendid treasure house of important personalities in equestrian sports, very scarce.