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1870 - Deighton, Cambridge - First Edition
A near fine copy in original publishers blue and illustrated gilt covers of what is believed to be the earliest rowing history book (Meehan & Nisonger). Complete with five engraved maps of the racing courses, three of which are folding.

An account is given of each race, together with the names and weights of oarsmen, followed by a short biographical notices. During the later years, extracts relative to the period of training are given from the club log-books. The last ten pages of the chronicle are devoted to the Oxford and Harvard four-oared race of 1869. MacMichael (12st. 4lb) rowed in the 1868 and 1869 Cambridge boat (both won by Oxford, by six and three lengths respectively), Downing College had to wait until 1962 for their next rowing blue.

Includes an article by F. C. Skey from
The Lancet (1869) on muscular action in rowing and another by Professor Humphrey from the British Medical Journal (1867) on the effects of boat racing on health.

Provenance: Contemporary inscription of Edward A. Field dated 23rd April 1870, Norwich based lawyer, and cox whilst at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1863-1864). Later signature of C. Geoffrey Mortlock.
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Price HK$ 2,800