NICHOLSON, William (illustrator). Rudyard KIPLING (author). An Almanac of Twelve Sports. London; William Heinemann. 1898 [actually 1897].
4to. Original pictorial paper boards, cloth spine; pp. ; 12 lithographic reproductions of Nicholson's hand-coloured woodcuts; mild offsetting from the plates, otherwise a very good copy both internally and externally, scarce.
First edition, published in November 1897, although dated 1898 on the title-page. Nicholson's cuts illustrating sports associated with the months of the year are: Hunting (January), Coursing (February), Racing (March), Boating (April), Fishing (May), Cricket (June), Archery (July), Coaching (August), Shooting (September), Golf (October), Boxing (November) and Skating (December). This series of cuts was the first to show Nicholson's complete mastery of his chosen medium.