Hardcover, London: Chapman and Hall, 1846. First Edition. Good+. Pp xxviii, 307. Frontispiece portrait of hunters with their hounds, 10 full page illustrations, 51 illustrations in the text, 16 pages of ads. Bound in publisher's green cloth with gold cover decorations and spine titles. Spine slanted, covers generally faded and rubbed. All 4 corners and both ends of spine bumped and rubbed. Gold of cover decorations and spine titles faded. Bindng cracked at front gutter.
Billed as a guide to teach the young how to shoot, this book is both a history of hunting in the British Isles and a practical instructional manual for hunting in the Britain of its day (1846) when much of the best deer hunting forest was privately held by the aristocracy. In style and vocabulary, it is written for adults. The book discusses deer stalking, and the shooting of several species of grouse, partridge, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, bustard, hare, rabbit, pigeon, woodcock, snipe, heron, dotterel, and wild water fowl. Animal hunting companions are also discussed including ferrets, hounds, terriers, retrievers, and setters. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 307 pages. [Item #77232]