BAILY’S MAG­A­ZINE OF SPORTS AND PAS­TIMES: AN IN­DEX AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Field - - MOTORING -

Chris Harte has com­piled an accurate and ex­ten­sive bibliography of Baily’s mag­a­zine, the green-backed sport­ing favourite that ran from 1860 to 1926. A di­rect con­tem­po­rary of The Field

(“the coun­try gentle­man’s news­pa­per”, as it was known, ap­peared weekly then),

Harte ref­er­ences The Field in his work as a source of au­thors and contributors to Baily’s, and uses sev­eral other con­tem­po­rary sport­ing mag­a­zines for the bibliography.

The task has taken 18 years, al­though in that time he has pub­lished 13 other books. As the pos­ses­sor of all 726 is­sues of the mag­a­zine it would ap­pear he was well-suited to the project.

Baily’s lost 90% of its sub­scribers dur­ing the First World War and was never to re­cover. This bibliography, limited to 50 copies, of­fers ac­cess to that vi­brant sport­ing world that once was. By Chris Harte

£30 plus £3 p&p from the au­thor at Brae­mar House, St David’s Av­enue, Car­marthen SA31 3DN

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