The Badminton Library – Swimming.
Longmans, Green, and Co.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 7.5 inches. xvi + 452 pp. Bound in original brown pictorial cloth, gilt. Patterned endpapers. Extremities a little worn, including head and tail of spine and rear hinge starting to crack, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 13 plates, including frontispiece and numerous wood engraved text figures in text and by title page and preface vignettes. The swimming volume, and nineteenth to be published, of the Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. It covers the art and teaching of swimming, bathing, water polo, the institutions of swimming, public baths and has a strong emphasis on life saving; all accompanied by period engravings, including one of a gratuitously imperialistic nature, but also of costumed ladies bathing and a map of Captain Webb's first Cross Channel swim in 1875. Archibald Sinclair (1866-1922) was a sports journalist and William Henry (1859-1928), of Polish ancestry, a successful competitive swimmer, both playing a prominent role in the Royal Life-Saving Society.
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