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O'DOWD J. H., editor.  MAITLAND (Frank J.), founder.  Sport & Gossip. Founded by “Daybreak”.
[Motto:] “Play the Game”. Numerous adverts and several tipped-in plates. 9 vols. Vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. IX, no. 231 (2 leaves defective; missing top left corner, Jan 1898); Large folio. Vol. 1 half-calf, vol. 2-9 half-cloth (slightly rubbed and dust-stained) but overall a very good clean set. Shanghai, North-China Herald Office, January 1897- June 1901.   

‘Daybreak’ was the pseudonym of Frank J. Maitland the founder and owner of ’Sport and Gossip’ which is the earliest sporting periodical issued in China. It was issued on Sunday mornings and each issue consists of 8pp. Maitland was one of the best known racing men of his time in Shanghai and he usually opens with a whole page entitled to ’Notes and Notions’. These are followed by regular features on ’Sport and Gossip at Home (from our own correspondent)’, ’Rowing Gossip’, ’At the Rails’, ’From the Gay City’, and other contributions such as ’Last Night’s Concert’, ’Unfamiliar Intoxicants’, and ’Practical Joking’ etc. etc. The lighthearted articles provide a fascinating glimpse into expatriate life in Shanghai: “Mr. Kiss - what a peculiar name for a dealer in horseflesh - has sent another batch of Australian horses which have just arrived and which are to be sold at auction. Some animals that were specially ordered by gentlemen here to meet their requirements are giving great satisfaction.” Exceedingly rare. Not in Britton: ’The Chinese Periodical Press’, 1800-1912. No issues in OCLC.

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