“I THINK A 200-TON SCHOONER, A TEN-KNOT BREEZE AND A SUMMER SEA HARD TO BEAT”: ILLUSTRATED LIMITED LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF THE BADMINTON LIBRARY’S TWO-VOLUME SURVEY OF YACHTING
SULLIVAN, Sir Edward, et al. Yachting. London: Longmans, Green, 1894. Two volumes. Large octavo, original three-quarter navy morocco gilt rebacked, top edges gilt, uncut. $1500.
Limited large paper first edition, number 245 of only 250 copies, of this generously illustrated guide to the pleasures of seamanship.
Henry Somerset, eighth Duke of Beaufort, conceived of the "Badminton Library" (named after his principal country house, not the game) as a comprehensive series of instructional guidebooks, presenting history, rules and strategic hints for pastimes popular among Victorian England's aristocracy. Each chapter boasts expert commentary, accompanied by copious pictures and drawings. Published between 1885 and 1920, "the books provide a rich source of information on the growth and development of sport during the late 19th century in Britain, and are highly sought after by collectors" (Nauright & Parrish, Sports Around the World, 33). The yachting volumes includes chapters on ocean cruising, English and American yacht clubs, and famous races including the America's Cup. With 56 plates and numerous in-text illustrations. Front boards gilt-stamped with Beaufort coat of arms. Bookseller's small tickets.
Scattered light foxing, binding with light expert restoration. Extremely good condition..