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1 Hunt & Co., Hunt's Yachting Magazine 1852-1887, Volumes 1 to 36 a Complete Run.
AJS: Hunt & Co., appear to have started as a firm of commercial printers (letter-press copper-plate and lithographic), and commenced publishing their Hunt's Universal Yacht List in 1848. The List was issued annually in May or June and contained the names of all yachts belonging to the Royal and other Clubs of the United Kingdom, with their rigs, tonnage, owners, builders, etc; also list of Club Officers, tide tables, time tables for racing, lights and lighthouses, foreign Clubs etc. In addition, the List included coloured ensigns, burgees and yacht signals. The success of the List must have encouraged them to publish the Yachting Magazine, with the first issue appearing in 1852, priced 1sh monthly, or 12sh yearly. The Magazine is a wonderful source of information on yachting and yachtsmen in the 19th century. It embraces everything relating to yachting and nautical affairs; amongst which are the full description of every regatta and match as they took place, including the America's Cup; practical notes on yachting, law of measurement, naval architecture, the management of yachts and boats, racing records, elements of naval construction, speed of yachts, lectures on yachting, velocity of tides, nautical terms and their uses, sail measurement, construction of yachts, yacht signals, tides, rigging, sparring, fitting and sailing, with descriptions of anchors, ropes, blocks, and sails; mechanical inventions, ballast, boat lowering, crews, book reviews and notices. The Hunts also established a yacht agency for the sale and purchase of yachts, an advert for this service appears in Volume 9, 1860. In later years the Yachting Magazine seems to have had problems, as after 1865, there are a number of announcements requesting more support from subscribers and yacht clubs. The Magazine ceased publication with the last issue being published in 1887. Hanham, entry 7805: Hunt's Yachting Magazine, 1852-87, Hunt's Universal Yacht List, annual, 1851-1914, were the leading contemporary periodicals (amongst others). Publisher: There are at the present moment a score of Yacht Clubs in the United Kingdom, containing altogether about five thousand subscribing members, sending to sea, to quote the language of the Admiralty Warrants, nearly a thousand vessels, "used for pleasure only." A national sport, attracting so many as five thousand educated men within its magic circle, ought to have a Magazine, to register the regattas, cruizes, crotchets, inventions, deeds, discussions and opinions, of its supporters. The Cruising Association Library Catalogue (1931) lists various odd volumes. In fact The Royal Cruising Club was formed as the Cruising Club in 1880 at a time when there was no club in Britain devoted solely to yacht cruising. Following a series of articles on the new club's activities which appeared in Hunt's Yachting Magazine, membership grew rapidly as cruising yachtsmen found congenial supporters of the sport, and when Hunt's ceased publication in 1888 the club began to issue its own Journal to record accounts of members' cruises. 
Price: 4000.00 GBP
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