HULTON, Edward (died 1904) and HULTON, Sir Edward (1869-1925) - SUTTON, T.R., as "Donald" - DALTON, S.H. The National Coursing Club Official Calendar for Seasons 1918-19-20. Containing Returns of the Principal Course Run in Great Britain and Ireland. Winners of the Waterloo Cup, &c. London and Manchester: E. Hulton & Co., Ltd, "The Sporting Chronicle", 1920 - London: Allied Newspapers Limited, 1936.
17 volumes. 8vo., (6 4/8 x 4 inches). Original green cloth, gilt.
First editions and an attractive set. Initially published by the owners of the "The Sporting Chronicle", which was founded by Edward Hulton senior, an astute entrepreneur who built up a stable of popular titles, including the Sporting Chronicle (1871), the Athletic News (1875), and the Sunday Chronicle (1885). By the mid-1890s he was ready to relinquish the day-to-day control of his business to his son Edward, who initiated a period of rapid expansion, adding the Manchester Evening Chronicle (1897) and the Daily Dispatch (1900) to the Hulton list.
By 1923, when Edward junior sought retirement and to sell his empire, the "Hulton's private company owned eight newspapers. The morning and evening titles had a combined circulation of about 2 million; the circulation of his Sunday and weekly titles was estimated at about 4.5 million. When negotiations with the Berry brothers broke down, Beaverbrook, knowing that Hulton would not sell direct to Rothermere, intervened. Beaverbrook's down payment of £300,000 secured the Hulton papers in a deal worth between £5 million and £6 million. He then sold the titles on to Rothermere, retaining a controlling interest in the Evening Standard as commission (Chisholm and Davie, 216)...
"Hulton retained his interest in sport almost to the end of his life. He owned two winners of the Waterloo cup, the premier prize in hare coursing, and his horses won the Gimcrack Stakes at York three years in succession in 1911, 1912, and 1913. The Epsom Derby eluded him but he did win the wartime substitute race at Newmarket with Finfinella in 1916. His most successful filly was Straitlace, winner of the Oaks in 1924. Hulton was as competitive in sport as he was in business. With his weatherbeaten complexion he could have passed for a north country landowner; he looked every inch the country sportsman" (Dilwyn Porter DNB).