BOXER

[ Sir Chih-Chen Lo-Feng-Luh, Chinese ambassador to London during the Boxer uprising. ] Autograph Signature ('Chih Chen Lofengluh') given while in office.

Author: 
Sir Chih Chen Lofengluh [ Sir Chih-Chen Lo-Feng-Luh; Sir Chihchen Lofengluh ] (c.1850-1903), Chinese ambassador to London during the Boxer Rebellion
Publication details: 
London; 2 January 1899.
£120.00

On 6.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from a larger document. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Chih Chen Lofengluh | 2nd. January 1899. | London'. There appears to be a circumflex above the 'en' of 'Lofengluh'. There are a variety of transliterated spellings for Lo-Feng-Luh's name. Lo-Feng-Luh was thoroughly anglicised. According to his (possibly syndicated) obituary in the Mercury, 15 June 1908: 'Sir Chih Chen Lo Feng-Luh, K.C.V.O., was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Emperor of China to Russia.

[ Boxing Booth; printed ] Business card of Billy Wood, sometime Scoittish featherweight champion.

Author: 
Billy Woods, boxer [ boxing booth ]
Publication details: 
No date
£28.00

Business Card, 9 x 6cm, a little grubby. On one side, "The largest travelling Boxing Show | BILLY WOOD | International Boxing Academy | Clean British Sport| 7, Cuttings Avenue |Fulkwood| Sutton-in-Ashfield | Notts. " On the reverse, a faint representation of his elaborate travelling booth, with broad steps, images of boxers in action, and the words "Billy Wood | International Boxing Academy." over the entrance.Note: "Billy Wood was a fighter who ran a boxing booth, a fair ground attraction in which the operator would fight any willing opponent.

[ Len Harvey, British boxer, world light-heavyweight champion. ] Autograph Inscription with signature ('Len. Harvey.').

Author: 
Len Harvey [ Leonard Austen Harvey ] (1907-1976), English boxer, British champion at three weights, and world light-heavyweight champion, 1939-1942
Publication details: 
No place. January 1934.
£45.00

On one side of 9 x 11 cm piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly-spotted paper. Reads: 'I shall keep your clever little ode. Congratulations and good wishes. | Len. Harvey. | Cruiser & Heavyweight Champion | Jan. 1934.'

Engraved trade card for the boxer James Figg, formerly attributed to William Hogarth, but now considered a fake.

Author: 
[ William Hogarth (1697-1764), engraver; James Figg (1684-1734), English bare-knuckle boxer ]
Publication details: 
'Will Hogarth f[eci]t'. [London? 1790s.]
£120.00

Print: 16.5 x 12 cm. Plate: 19 x 16.5 cm. Paper: 21.5 x 20 cm. In fair condition: aged and worn, with 8cm closed tear unobtrusively repaired on reverse. Depicts Figg and another with weapons on a platform, with a crowd looking on from pit and gallery. Text reads: 'James Figg | Master of ye Noble Science of Defence | on ye right hand in Oxford Road | near Adam & Eve court teaches Gentle- | men ye use of y[e] small backsword & |Quarterstaff at home & abroad'. Copy in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose description provides information.

To You is the Word of Salvation sent. Seven Addresses to the Men and Women of England, delivered at St Martin's Hall, London, by Richard Weaver, a converted Collier and Ex-Pugilist. With a biographical sketch.

Author: 
Richard Weaver, a converted Collier and Ex-Pugilist [born at Asterley, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in 1827, died 1896]
Publication details: 
London: Benj. Lowe & Co., 31, Paternoster Row. [No date, but preface dated 'London, September, 1860.'.]
£180.00

128pp., 16mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in shiny yellow printed wraps with slight staining at head of front cover. The twelve-page 'Biographical Sketch' covers pp.3-16. It quotes the Rev. Baptist W. Noel as saying that Weaver 'has been preaching at Sheffield, and other towns, to multitudes of working men [...] he was, at one time, addicted to prize-fighting, and that he was never beaten in his life.

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