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[contrib. WODEHOUSE, P.G.] [Bodybuilding]

Sandow's Magazine of Physical Culture

London: Harrison & Sons, 1902



2 vols. in uniform binding of red coarse three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt to spine.



First editions. Vols. XIII and IX of the magazine, covering the year 1902, with four contributions from a very young P.G. Wodehouse.

Regarded as the world's first bodybuilding magazine, Sandow's Magazine of Physical Culture was founded in 1898 and ran until June 1907. Among its contributors were some who found greater fame elsewhere: the music hall comedian Dan Leno, H.H. Munro ('Saki') -- and P.G. Wodehouse, who in 1902 was at the very beginning of his career. He contribute four pieces to these two volumes: The Pugilist in Fiction, Some Football Facts, and Wrestling at the Halls (all Vol. VIII); and Early Days of International Boxing (Vol. IX). No writer of Some Football Facts is credited in the volume, and there is no attribution either in McIlvaine or its Addendum. However, Wodehouse records in his cash journal Money Received for Literary Work that he co-wrote the piece with one F. Overy.

£200.00


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