The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races. A Chronicle of the Contests on the Thames in which University Crews have Borne a Part, from A.D. 1829 to A.D. 1869. Compiled from the University Club Books and Other Contemporary and Authentic Records; with Maps of the Racing Courses, Index of Names, and an Introduction on Rowing and its Value as an Art and Recreation. - William Fisher MacMichael, B.A. of Downing College, Cambridge; Late Secretary of the Cambridge University Boat Club 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.
  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.

Reference: Brittain,
Oar, Scull and Rudder 31. Gorman, Catalogue of Books on Cambridge 187. Toy, Adventures Afloat 1719.

(book size 17.1x11.2cm), pp. xi [1 (addenda)] 380. In publisher’s blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, gilt rowing vignette to front board, four thick black horzontal lines blocked to boards and spine, brown coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to corners and spine, toning to spine, small patch of wear to rear endpaper.   Ref: 109850   Price: HK$ 2,800