London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1812. New edn. 4to, four volumes includes the three volume set plus the Supplement. pp. [xiv], ; [viii], 445; [viii], 378, [xx index]; [xx], , [xxiv index]. Illustrated 76 full-page plates including portrait, double page table and one hand coloured plate. Subscriber's list. Volume 2 of this set is dedicated entirely to fishing and includes 19 superb copper engraved plates. Paper repair to the top of the 1807 engraved title-page (in vol 1), affecting two lines of the decorative swirl. Some light foxing, o/w a very clean tight set with wide margins, bound in 3/4 tan calf and marble boards. See Heckscher p. 77; Schwerdt I, p. 134. Item #32327
A very pleasing copy of one of the most delightful 19th century rural sporting books. This covers all of the traditional country sports and includes a great deal about hunting and shooting. There are chapters on the dog, fox, stag, game laws, hare hunting, coursing, rabbit, martin, badger and otter. The second volume concerns fishing. Originally issued in two volumes in 1801. This new edition was issued in 1812 with the supplement added in 1813. The supplement contains a miscellaneous collection of anecdotes and receipts as well as a bibliography of angling taken from Sir H. Ellis's list. It contains one of the earliest account of wildfowl shooting with punt and gun.