Boxing

We sell original, historic newspapers featuring coverage of some of the great moments in the sport of boxing. Whether it is called boxing, prize-fighting, pugilism, or by some other name, the engagement of two people in a contest of strength, quickness, endurance, etc., using either gloved or bare hands, has captured the imagination of onlookers and participants since the beginning of time. Finding reports of such encounters within newspapers dates back into the 18th century. John Jackson vs. Daniel Mendoza, Jim Jeffries vs. Jim Corbett, Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali, and more... enjoy the following authentic reports spanning 3 centuries:

Boxing

We sell original, historic newspapers featuring coverage of some of the great moments in the sport of boxing. Whether it is called boxing, prize-fighting, pugilism, or by some other name, the engagement of two people in a contest of strength, quickness, endurance, etc., using either gloved or bare hands, has captured the imagination of onlookers and participants since the beginning of time. Finding reports of such encounters within newspapers dates back into the 18th century. John Jackson vs. Daniel Mendoza, Jim Jeffries vs. Jim Corbett, Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali, and more... enjoy the following authentic reports spanning 3 centuries:
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597382

Early boxing... News from Charleston...

Item #597382

September 28, 1768

THE GAZETTEER & NEW DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Sept. 28, 1768 



* Very early boxing



Page 2 has a brief report of a boxing match noting: "...the bruising match for 50 guineas & many betts depending, between Carter the fighting glass-blower, & Edmonds, the Uxbridge drover..." with a bit more (see). Also a report from Charleston concerning the Regulators (see).

Four pa... See More  

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$28.00
655103

Daniel Mendoza on his famous boxing match against Humphries...

Item #655103

January 19, 1788

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 19, 1788 



* Daniel Mendoza - The fighting Jew

* Richard Humphries - 1st of 3 fights




Page 3 has a full column which includes: "Mendoza's Letter in Vindication of his Behaviour at the late Contest Between Him and Humphries" signed in type: Daniel Mendoza. Mendoza was a famous Jewish boxer who transformed the English stereotype of a Jew fr... See More  

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$49.00
615424

Early boxing item...

Item #615424

July 23, 1788

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, July 23, 1788  The bottom of pg. 2 has: "Doyle, the famous boxer, was yesterday committed by the Magistrates at Bow St. for assaulting a gentleman in Covent Garden...". Other news of the day & a wealth of ads.

Four pages, nice condition.

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$28.00
577585

Diseases of the teeth...

18th Century Boxing...

Item #577585

December 26, 1788

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, December 26, 1788.  Page three has content related to boxing (see images).  Four pages, folio size, very nice condition.  Also included on the back page is a lengthy discussion on "A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth" - nice for dentistry interest. Partial red-ink stamp on page one.

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$40.00
670827

Daniel Mendoza, the famous Jewish boxer...

Item #670827

May 18, 1789

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Aug. 2, 1788  Page 3 has a small bit: "Humphries has replied to Mendoza's acceptance of his challenge with seeming satisfaction, and declares he will, by a private letter, appoint a meeting for the purpose of settling particulars."

Daniel Mendoza was a famous Jewish boxer who transformed the English stereotype of a Jew from a wea... See More  

Item from Catalog 297 (released for August, 2020)...

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$38.00
619937

Early report of a boxing match...

Item #619937

August 28, 1789

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Aug. 28, 1789 



* 18th century boxing



Page 3 has an early item on a boxing match, noting: "A boxing match is to be fought...between Bullard and Brighton, two Suffolk men, for 50 pounds a side, in which it is expected many hard blows will be given as they are very powerful men & upwards of six feet high."

Four pages, full red... See More  

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616590

Early boxing...

Item #616590

October 21, 1789

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Oct. 21, 1789 



* Isaac Perrins vs. Tom Johnson

* English boxing championship




Page 3 has an article headed: "Boxing" concerning: "...the battle between Johnson and Perrins..." with some details (see).

Four pages, partial red tax stamp on the front page, very nice condition.



wikipedia notes: Isaac Perrins was an Eng... See More  

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$31.00
652524

Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza... Botany-Bay...

Item #652524

January 15, 1790

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, January 15, 1790  Pages 2 and 3 both have articles related to 18th century boxing, one of which includes a mention of Daniel Mendoza, the famed Jewish boxer.  Page 2 also has the mention of ships full of convicts headed for Botany-Bay (Australia) having been given their final orders.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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$60.00
664692

Mendoza & boxing as "a disgrace of society"...

Item #664692

February 02, 1790

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 2, 1790 



* Daniel Mendoza - The fighting Jew



The back page has: "...Sir Sampson compelled Mr. Mendoza to give bail for his good behavior in future, which he did, himself in a penalty of 200 pounds...Thus the rage for boxing has received a very proper check...to be hoped the magistrates throughout the kingdom will be no less vigilant in their ende... See More  

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600204

18th century boxing.......

Item #600204

April 13, 1790

THE MORNING POST, AND DAILY ADVERTISER, London, April 13, 1790



* 18th century boxing



A very nice full folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with the entire front page taken up with ads. Pages 2 & 3 have various news of the day with the back page having mostly ads.

Page 2 has a report on a upcoming boxing match. See image for text.

Nice condition.... See More  

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$26.00
613364

Boxing against a one-armed man...

Item #613364

June 24, 1790

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 24, 1790 



* Early boxing match

* One arm tied up




Page 3 has an early article on: "Boxing" concerning: "...the one-armed soldier...and a chimney-sweeper, who differed a little with each other in politics & parties...agreed to decide their dispute by a pitched battle in Bedford Bury at sun-set...tied up his left arm... See More  

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590354

The sport of boxing in 1790...

Item #590354

October 30, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, October 30, 1790  Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" which is a very early report of the sport (see photos). Other items including a page 3 article on: "Duelling", "King of France's Demand", "the Art of Joking", "King of Sweden" and other items.

Complete in 4 pages, never-trimmed margins, great condition. The back... See More  

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591841

18th century boxing... from Oxford...

Item #591841

March 26, 1791

JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, England, March 26, 1791



* 18th century boxing

* Mention of the Canadian Constitution Bill

* Botany-Bay mention

* Partial Red Ink Stamp



Page 3 has details regarding a boxing match between Faulkner and Thornhill, two notable pugilists (boxers) of the period.  See images for details.  The front page has mentions of both the Canadian Constitution Bill a... See More  

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$65.00
591856

1791 Daniel Mendoza... Jewish boxing...

Item #591856

June 03, 1791

THE WORLD, London, June 3, 1791 





* Daniel Mendoza vs. William Ward

* Jewish boxer - boxing  challenge




Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" "Ward and Mendoza" which is a report on the planned match between these two boxers, but it was stopped before it happened by the local magistrates. This was also very early in the charging of admission to attend and nice to ha... See More  

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647279

Mendoza the famous Jewish boxer...

Item #647279

June 22, 1791

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 22, 1791 



* Daniel Mendoza vs. William Ward

* Jewish boxer - boxing challenge




Page 3 has an item headed: "Boxing" noting in part: "The battle between Ward and Mendoza is to take place this day. The place and time of meeting were left entirely to the choice of Mendoza..." with more on the details of the boxing ma... See More  

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611422

Very early boxing...

Item #611422

July 30, 1811

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, July 30, 1811



* Tom "The Moor" Molineaux

* African-American bare-knuckle boxer




Page 3 has a one paragraph report about a boxing match near London between Molineux, the famous black man from New York, and a young Englishman named Rimmer. The report states in part: "...In the course of 15 minutes the black pounded his antagonist most tremendo... See More  

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596515

Very early baseball report?

Item #596515

March 14, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, March 14, 1857  Various literary content but there is also sporting reports near the back, including: "Trotting at Fairs" "Fistiana" which is boxing; "Our Chess Department" "Out-Door Sports" including cricket and a "ball match". I believe the latter to be baseball, and reports: "A great match at... See More  

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544497

Chess..

Item #544497

March 28, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, March 28, 1857.



* Chess




As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume 1 issue of a very early sporting publication. Near the back of the issue is a column entitled:  "Our Chess Department", which includes a chess "problem of the week" in addition to the s... See More  

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574795

Chess...

Item #574795

April 04, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, April 4, 1857.



* Chess




As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume II issue of a very early sporting publication. Near the back of the issue is a column entitled:  "Our Chess Department", which includes a chess "problem of the week" in addition to the s... See More  

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571043

Baseball... Elephant hunting... Cockfighting...

Item #571043

April 11, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, April 11, 1857  As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume II issue of a very early sporting publication. An article "Base Ball" has the announcement of the elected officers for the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn. Another page features an article on "Elepha... See More  

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606473

Early boxing...

Item #606473

August 04, 1857

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, August 4, 1857



* Pre-Civil War boxing - prize fight

* Dominick Bradley vs. S.S. Rankin

* Buffalo, New York




Page 5 has an article headed: "The Great Prize-Fight Between Bradley and Rankins". See images for text.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, otherwise nice.

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172198

The New York Crystal Palace fire...

Item #172198

October 16, 1858

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 16, 1858  The front page features a half page illustration of "Gerard Hallock, Esq." with accompanying article. Inside full page illustration of "The Destruction of the New York Crystal Palace by Fire, October 5.1858" and a half page illustration of "The Ruins of the Crystal Palace." 1/4 pg. illus. of "Facsimile of the ... See More  

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606765

The Wanderer (slave ship)...

Item #606765

October 20, 1858

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 20, 1858



* John Heenan "Benicia Boy"

* Pre Civil War boxing w/ police raid

* Jews Hospital - Mount Sinai




The front page has an article headed: "Fight Between the 'Bencia Boy' and 'Dublin Tricks'--The Latter Badly Beaten" See image for text here.

Eight pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More  

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172202

Morrissey & Heenan boxing match... Steam fire engine...

Item #172202

October 30, 1858

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 30, 1858  The front page features a half page illustration of "Mademoiselle Piccolomini" with accompanying article. Inside two 1/4 page illustration of "The Late Rev. John Sawyer, of Bangor, Maine" and "General Paez, of Venezuela." Half page illustration of "Terrible Explosion at Havana, on September 29, 1858." Hal... See More  

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661764

Early and rather famous sporting-themed newspaper...

Item #661764

January 08, 1859

NEW YORK CLIPPER, Jan. 8, 1859  An early sports-themed newspaper with an ornate masthead featuring engravings showing cricket, sailing, boxing, and horse racing.

Page 2 has a boxing article: "The Ring" "The Championship - Woods' Deposit Covered by the Friends of Benicia" concerning an upcoming championship bout between Woods and Heenan. Other sports reporting througho... See More  

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661430

Preparing for the famous Heenan - Sayers boxing match...

Item #661430

March 17, 1860

LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, New York, March 17, 1860 



* John C. Heenan

* Tom Sayers

* Famous boxing match




The double page centerfold features nine prints headed: "Great International Fight in England Between John C. Heenan (Benicia Boy) and Tom Sayers for the Champion's Belt of England." with a bit of text as well. The prints show both men in training fo
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$68.00
653991

Special "English Extra" on the Heenan Sayers fight...

Item #653991

April 28, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES--ENGLISH EXTRA, London & New York, April 28, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* First World boxing championship match




A quite rare edition put out specifically for the famous boxing match between Heenan and Sayers, the American champion versus the British champion, in what was billed the first "world title" boxing match, which lasted 2... See More  

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633579

Famous Tom Sayers & John Heenan boxing match...

Item #633579

April 30, 1860

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, April 30, 1860 



* John C. Heenan

* Tom Sayers

* Famous boxing match




Appearing at the top of the first column on pg. 6 are headlines reporting one of the most famous boxing matches of the nineteenth century involving John Heenan, the American champion, and Tom Sayers, the English champion.

In the third column under "The Great Fight" is a detailed and graphi... See More  

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172360

First world championship boxing match: Heenan vs. Sayers...

Item #172360

May 05, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 5, 1860  The prime feature of this issue would have to be the great doublepage centerfold print captioned: "Bloody, Brutal, and Blackguard Prize-Fight In England, Between Heenan and Sayers, On April 17, 1860" which shows hundreds of spectators.

This historic boxing match is considered the very first world boxing championship. It is a terrific boxi... See More  

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643377

Boxing's first world championship... The Pony Express....

Item #643377

May 07, 1860

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 7, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* First World boxing championship match




Page 5 has a one column head: "Four Days Later From Europe" "The Prize Fight" "Letters From Heenan" "He Claims the Belt or Another Fight". This was the famous match with Sayers, considered as boxing's first world championship. "...Not h... See More  

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662672

Great issue on the 1860 Heenan & Sayers fight...

Item #662672

May 12, 1860

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, May 12, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* Famous & 1st World championship boxing




The front page has a dramatic print showing: "Round 37" of the Heenan and Sayer fight, erupting into a riot. Above it is a print of "The Champion's Belt of England...". Within is a double page centerfold which includes 8 prints of ... See More  

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544901

Billiards...

Item #544901

May 26, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, May 26, 1860.



* Billiards

* Horse Racing




The front page of this issue features an illustration captioned: "St. Leger Bolt's Attention to Dick Diminy", which actually pertains to the accompanying story:  "Dick Diminy or The Life and Adventures of a Jockey".



Page three of includes a small article entitled: "Billiards&... See More  

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617234

re. the Heenan vs. Sayers boxing title...

Item #617234

May 29, 1860

THE NEW YORK HERALD, May 29, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* 1st boxing championship dispute




Pages 3 has an article headed: "The Championship" "Settlement of the Heenan and Sayers Affair" Both To Have Belts" with subheads. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, a little irregular along spine, nice condition.... See More  

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661809

Terrific front page print of John Heenan, the famed boxer...

Item #661809

June 02, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, June 2, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* Famous boxing match




A terrific issue on the famed boxer John Heenan, as the entire front page is taken up with a print of him captioned: "John C. Heenan, The Champion of the World". The print was taken from a photo of him of May 3, 1860 in England, shortly after his famous match between... See More  

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$177.00
617381

Boxing champion John C. Heenan...

Item #617381

July 16, 1860

THE NEW YORK HERALD, July 16, 1860 



* American boxer John C. Heenan

* Boxing champion welcome home




The front page has an article headed: "The Return Of Heenan" "The Champion Of The World At Home" "The Bencia Boy On Staten Island" and more.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a little irregular along the spine, nice condition.... See More  

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581076

Five issue set... sporting newspapers...

Item #581076

February 02, 1861

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, February 2, 1861 This is a five-issue lot set with dates of February 2, 1861; March 23, 1861; August 24, 1861; December 7, 1861 and December 28, 1861. These are being sold for the chess, boxing, and other sporting content.



Please note that these issues all contain lite damage, tears, foxing, and some molding at the edges.

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544977

Boxing...

Item #544977

May 11, 1861

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, May 11, 1861  The front page of this issue features an illustration captioned: "Arrest of Agba'", which actually pertains to the accompanying story:  "Godolphin Arabian or The King of the Winds".

Page eight of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning boxing, entitled:  "The Ring in England"&... See More  

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$35.00
544980

Baseball...

Item #544980

June 15, 1861

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, June 15, 1861  The front page of this issue features an illustration captioned: "The Mute", which actually pertains to the accompanying story:  "Godolphin Arabian or The King of the Winds".

Page five of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning baseball entitled:  "Eckford vs. Enterprise", which ... See More  

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581008

Mace vs. Hurst... Burgess vs. Clarke...

Item #581008

July 13, 1861

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, July 13, 1861  Within the issue is two pages of boxing news "The Championship - Fight between Jem Mace, of Norwich, and Sam Hurst, of Staleybridge for 400 (Pounds) and the Champion's Belt"; "Gallant Fight Between Hardy Burgess and Jen Clarke (of Liverpool) for 100 (Pounds) a Side"; and "Great Fight for the championship - ... See More  

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545067

Billiards...

Item #545067

January 04, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, January 4, 1862.



* Billiards



Page five of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning boxing entitled:  "Billiards - Kavanagh and Foley, Proposed Match".



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "Our Chess Department" includes a "problem of the week" and the answer to the previous w... See More  

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648972

From the Confederate capital... A 251-round boxing match...

Item #648972

January 06, 1862

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, Jan. 6, 1862 



* Rare rebel title

* Account of the 251- round boxing match between Edward Burnett and James Fitzgerald




Not only a nice Confederate newspaper, but one from the capital of the Confederacy. The prime feature of the front page is an extremely detailed, round by round account of: "The Great Prize Fight" which went 251 rounds and th... See More  

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546330

Salt...

Item #546330

February 08, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 8, 1862.



* Salt

* Boxing




This issue contains a rather lengthy article concerning "the Salting of the Streets of Philadelphia", which goes into some detail about the benefits of salt.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "Our Chess Department" includes a "problem of the week" and the an... See More  

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544663

Billiards...

Item #544663

February 15, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 15, 1862.



* Billiards

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "Billiards" includes accompanying subheads entitled: "The Foley and Kavanagh Match", "The Match of 1859", and much more.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "... See More  

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544706

Billiards...

Item #544706

February 22, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 22, 1862.



* Billiards

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "Billiards".  Accompanying subheads include:  "Kavanagh and Deery", "Billiard Entertainment", and much more.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "O... See More  

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635479

Early Chess w/ diagram...

Item #635479

March 01, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, March 1, 1862.



* Chess



This issue contains an article entitled: "Our Chess Department", which includes a "problem of the week" and the answer to the previous weeks' problem.

Some Civil War reports can also be found as well as other sports items, including boxing, horse racing, and cricket.  Complete in 16 pages, a l... See More  

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544660

Civil War era boxing and chess...

Item #544660

May 24, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, May 24, 1862.



* Boxing

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "The Ring in England" features the "Conclusion of a Fight Between Gannon and Hatton".  An additional subhead discusses a fight between Cook and Kenny.



Another article found within this issue and en... See More  

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$44.00
544982

Baseball... The recent London dog show...

Item #544982

July 12, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, July 12, 1862  The front page of this issue features an illustration captioned: "The Two First Premiums", which accompanying subheads:  "Bloodhound and Black and Tan Terrier" and "The Recent London Dog Show".

Page three of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning baseball entitled:  "Ph... See More  

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598325

Heenan vs. King Boxing Match, 1863...

Item #598325

December 22, 1863

NEW YORK HERALD, December 22, 1863



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom King

* Boxing collectible




This 8 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "THE GREAT PRIZE FIGHT", "Reports from Heenan and King to the 7th Instant", with subheads that include: "THE PRIZE RING" and more. Provides considerable pre-fight news on the famous John C. Heenan and To
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$48.00
605566

The new ironclad naval fleet...

Item #605566

December 22, 1863

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 22, 1863  Among the front page column heads on the Civil War are: "Our Iron-Clad Fleet" "Rebel Reports from Charleston" "Rumored Disaster to the New Ironsides and Two Monitors" "The New Ironsides Entangled in a Net" "Important If True" and more. Also a report of the boxing match between between Heenan & King.

Eight p... See More  

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$26.00
648525

John Heenan vs. Tom King... a great boxing collectible...

Item #648525

December 26, 1863

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 26, 1863 



* John Heenan vs. Tom King

* One of the greatest fights of the 19th century

* Heenan's last fight... was he cheated... drugged?




The front page has nearly two columns of reporting regarding the famous (or infamous?) champion prize-fight between John Heenan and Tom King. Heenan eventually lost the fight but later claimed he was cheated by being dr... See More  

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$54.00
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