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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to field sports including hunting, shooting, fishing, and falconry.

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  1. British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    First edition of this "classic and beautifully illustrated" work (Everard and Knight, Britain's Game Fishes, online), "even more lavishly illustrated [than Houghton's previous titles]. Full-page coloured plates of each species were included, as well as a landscape scene in black and white of a freshwater location where the fish could be found. Each section of the book discussed where the fish thrived in Britain, its size, its colour, and whether or not it was edible, and if so, how, it tasted … In a delicate balancing act, Houghton avoided ‘God-talk' as well as any discussion of evolutionary theory … He also deferred to professional scientists in order to bolster his own authority" (Lightman, Victorian Popularizers of Science, pp. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: [1879]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115760

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    An Artist's Game Bag.

    First and limited edition, de luxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallard on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists. "The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting books featuring topics such as hunting, fishing, sailing, skiing, polo, tennis and horseback riding. Learn More
    £5,950

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115522

    Signed: Yes

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  3. African Game Trails.

    African Game Trails.

    An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist
    First edition, trade issue, of "one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen … almost continually in print until the 1930s … Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era" (Czech). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115363

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  4. My African Journey.

    My African Journey.

    With sixty-one illustrations from photographs by the author and lieutenant-colonel Gordon Wilson, and three maps.
    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered is impressive testimony to his perceived drawing power, at £750 for five contributions he was receiving "more than Kipling, whom The Strand were paying £90 for his short stories; more than W. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115163

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  5. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.

    Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.

    With observations on the animals. Also an account of some of the customs of the inhabitants, and natural productions, interspersed with various anecdotes. Likewise the late nawab vizier Asoph ul Dowlah’s grand style of sporting and character. A description of the art of catching serpents, as practised by people in India, known by the appellation of Cunjoors, and their method of curing themselves when bitten. With remarks on hydrophobia, & rabid animals.
    First edition; a second appeared in 1827. Daniel Johnson (1766/7-1835), surgeon and author, "was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 January 1789. He conducted experiments on snakebite, and later communicated his findings to his fellow Bengal surgeon James Johnson. He was promoted to surgeon on 11 March 1805, and retired from the service in 1809. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1822

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114063

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  6. Forest Life and Sport in India.

    Forest Life and Sport in India.

    First edition, first impression. "An inspector general of forests in India, the author recounts his early service in Oudh, with numerous hunts after tigers, panthers, sambur, and spotted deer. Transferred to the North West Provinces in 1880, he had more tigers and had experiences with rogue elephants. He also provides an excellent chapter on the habits of tigers with numerous shooting experiences" (Czech). Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113831

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  7. "Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier and Sportsman during Twenty Years' Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & other countries 1865-1885. "

    "Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier and Sportsman during Twenty Years' Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & other countries 1865-1885. "

    First edition. "Gerard was posted to India in 1866, and he recounts numerous adventures, including pig-sticking at Nagpur, tiger hunting near the Wurdah River with additional note of bagging bear and cheetal. Later assignments brought him to various regions of the Central Provinces where he collected more tigers and a lion. On other sporting excursions, he hunted panther and tiger, with additional bouts of pig-sticking" (Czech). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110905

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  8. Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer.

    Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer.

    First edition. A lively memoir that includes a good deal of big game reminiscence - "of Asian hunting interest is his trip to the Nepal Terai after tiger and elephant" (Czech). Colonel James P. Robertson (1822-1916) was in India from 1842 and served with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment; he saw action in all of the major engagements of the First Anglo-Sikh War, was in the Crimea and fought in the Indian Mutiny. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110904

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  9. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
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    The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
    First edition, first impression of White's account of life on the west coast of Ireland, with the illustrator's inscription, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", to the front free endpaper, together with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108471

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Wild Sports of the West.

    Wild Sports of the West.

    With Legendary Tales, and Local Sketches.
    First edition. "In 1829 Maxwell achieved recognition as a writer when Henry Colburn published his Stories of Waterloo, for which he paid him £300. Three years later one of his most popular books appeared: Wild Sports of the West (1832). This contained lively tales and legends together with colourful descriptions of Irish people, sporting activities (such as salmon fishing and deer hunting), and the Connaught countryside. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1832

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108201

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  11. The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry.

    The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry.

    With Illustrations by John Charlton, R. H. Moore, Lancelot Speed, G. E. Lodge, and from Photographs.
    First edition, finely bound. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1892

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107837

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  12. Land of Feast and Famine.

    Land of Feast and Famine.

    First UK edition, originally published in Norwegian as Pelsjegerliv two years previously. The publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown. Ingstad sold his successful legal practice in 1926 and travelled to Canada, spending three years as a trapper in the Northwest Territories. On his return in 1960 he would unearth proof that the Vikings had reached the New World 500 years before Columbus. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106550

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  13. On the Spot.

    On the Spot.

    Football as a Profession.
    First edition, first impression. Former PFA chairman Derek Dougan and scholar Dr Percy Young take a look at the daily life of footballers in the mid-1970s. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104474

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  14. "Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier & Sportsman during Twenty Years' Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & Other Countries 1865-1885. "

    "Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier & Sportsman during Twenty Years' Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & Other Countries 1865-1885. "

    First US edition, first printing, published in the same year as the London edition, but rather less common. "Gerard was posted to India in 1866, and he recounts numerous adventures, including pig-sticking at Nagpur, tiger hunting near the Wurdah River with additional note of bagging bear and cheetah. Later assignments brought him to various regions of the Central Provinces where he collected more tigers and a lion. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 103947

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  15. Oriental Field Sports;

    Oriental Field Sports;

    Being a Complete, Detailed, and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East; and Exhibiting, in a Novel and Interesting Manner, the Natural History of the Elephant, the Rhinoceros, the Tiger, the Leopard […] The Whole Taken from the Manuscript and Designs of Captain Thomas Williamson … the Drawings by Samuel Howitt.
    Limited issue, number 40 of 350 copies. An attractive facsimile of the original 1807 edition of "the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of means—a keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties forced him to earn a living. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1984

    Published: Norfolk

    Stock Code: 103401

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  16. W.J. George, Sporting Gun & Ammunition Manufacturer, New Illustrated Price List of Sporting Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Walking Stick and Air Guns, Pistols, Ammunition, Loading Machines, Bags, Covers, Traps, &c., &c.

    W.J. George, Sporting Gun & Ammunition Manufacturer, New Illustrated Price List of Sporting Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Walking Stick and Air Guns, Pistols, Ammunition, Loading Machines, Bags, Covers, Traps, &c., &c.

    Highly attractive Edwardian sporting gunmaker's list, uncommon, OCLC with 3 locations only, BL, Winterthur Museum, and the Hagley Museum, Wilmington, these two representing an odd bibliographic coincidence in Delaware. George's had their "Office and Show Room", and a workshop in Snargate Street, and a "Cartridge Store and Loading Room" at Five Post Lane. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: Dover

    Stock Code: 102980

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  17. Fox-Hunting.

    Fox-Hunting.

    First and limited edition, one of 375 numbered copies signed by Sir Charles Frederick and Lionel Edwards. A superbly produced volume from the authoritative Lonsdale Library series. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102769

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  18. The Story of an Outing.

    The Story of an Outing.

    First edition. "Hunting in open country near Mt. Kenia, the author bagged a large variety of plains game including lesser kudu, gazelle, impala, wildebeest, and eland, as well as lion and buffalo. Perhaps the most exciting passage in this little volume is taken from a letter written by Hepburn's companion, H. Lloyd Folsom, detailing the dangers of a lion hunt" (Czech). Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 102006

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  19. UAE Endurance.

    UAE Endurance.

    Traversing Frontiers.
    First and only edition, produced to celebrate the success of endurance riding in the United Arab Emirates since the first such race was held there in 1993; by 1998, the country had hosted the World Endurance Championship, then the largest equestrian event on record. Rare: only one other copy traced (the Iraqi National Library). Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1999

    Published: Abu Dhabi

    Stock Code: 100948

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  20. "Astley's Projects, in his Management of the Horse; "

    "Astley's Projects, in his Management of the Horse; "

    rendering it Calm on the Road, in Harness, &c. Such Acquirements may prevent Dreadful Accidents. Being an Abridgement of his Popular and Most Valuable Book of Equestrian Education. To which is prefixed, many Excellent Remedies for the Diseases in Horses, &c.
    In 1768 Astley established his first "'riding school' in a fenced wayside field on Lambeth Marsh named Halfpenny Hatch. Styling himself the English Hussar, he promised such feats as straddling two cantering and jumping horses, doing headstands on a pint pot on the saddle, and a parody of riding by a foppish tailor" (ODNB). By the 1780s he had amphitheatres in London, Paris and Dublin, and was widely recognised as the foremost equestrian trainer and performer of the day. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1804

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100132

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