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BOXING. AMATEUR OF EMINENCE, AN.. The Complete Art of Boxing, According to the Modern Method; Wherein the whole of that manly accomplishment is rendered so easy and intelligent, that any person may be an entire master of the science in a few days, without an other instruction than this book. To which is added, the general history of boxing. Containing an account of the most eminent professors of that noble art, who have flourished from its commencement to the present time. By an amateur of eminence.1788

London: Printed for M. Follingsby; and M. Smith, First edition, [4], vii, [1], 91, [1]pp., without half-title but with the advert leaf dated March 15th, 1788, folding engraved frontispiece of "Humphreys and Mendoza setting-to", handsomely bound in half calf by Trevor Lloyd of Ludlow, marbled boards, five raised bands to spine with red morocco title label and tooled in gilt, a very nice copy. A rare early work regarding the 'Art of Boxing' featuring Mendoza, Humphreys and their other contemporaries. 45 years after the onset of the London Prize Ring rules, this work chronicles some of the fighting tactics and strategies employed by the best pugilists of the time. Hartley, 48; ESTC gives 3 locations in the UK (Birmingham Central, Birmingham University & British Library) and 3 in the North America (Huntington, University of Virginia & Yale).

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