Hardcover, London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1864. Second Edition. Octavo, pp xxii, 398. Frontispiece drawing of wild-fowlers in action, 11 full page illustrations, 6 illustrations in the text. Bound in publisher's dark green cloth with gilt cover decorations and spine titles. Both ends of spine and all four corners bumped. Previous owner bookplate on front pastedown. Age spotting to endapapers and half title, occasional spotting in text. Book has been professionally re-cased.
This important book covers the history of wild-fowling including methods favored by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Saxons. The history and use of decoys in Europe is extensively discussed. The majority of the book describes modern (1860s) wild-fowling using several methods and tools - nets, decoys, boats, dogs, guns, and falcons - in Norway, Orkney Islands, Shetland Isles, France, Persia, Russia, and India. There is a chapter on bird hunting in antebellum America. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 398 pages. [Item #77376]