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  1. British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes. [1879]

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  2. African Game Trails.

    African Game Trails. 1910

    £475

    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). Read more

  3. An Artist’s Game Bag.

    An Artist’s Game Bag. 1936

    £5,950

    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 …Read more

  4. My African Journey.

    My African Journey. 1908

    £1,250

    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, …Read more

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

    Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India. 1822

    £850

    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 …Read more

  6. Forest Life and Sport in India.

    Forest Life and Sport in India. 1910

    £175

    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 …Read more

  7. Fox-Hunting.

    Fox-Hunting. 1930

    £175

    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. Read more

  8. Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;

    Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse; 1804

    £975

    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 …Read more

  9. The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    The Godstone and the Blackymor. 1959

    £375

    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 …Read more

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

    The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry. 1892

    £175

    First edition, finely bound. Read more

  11. Land of Feast and Famine.

    Land of Feast and Famine. 1933

    £375

    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. …Read more

  12. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,

    Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837, 1838

    £2,500

    First issue of the first Bombay edition, which predates the first London by a year, “scarce” (Czech). Harris was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out …Read more

  13. On the Spot.

    On the Spot. 1974

    £45

    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. Read more

  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. 1903

    £225

    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 …Read more

  15. Oriental Field Sports;

    Oriental Field Sports; 1984

    £475

    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 …Read more

  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. 1902

    £95

    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 …Read more

  17. The Story of an Outing.

    The Story of an Outing. 1913

    £325

    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 …Read more

  18. UAE Endurance.

    UAE Endurance. 1999

    £500

    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: …Read more

  19. Elephant.

    Elephant. 1933

    £450

    First UK edition, first impression; an edition was published in the US in the same year by Houghton Mifflin. Possibly a presentation copy, inscribed in pencil on the front free endpaper: “Vanessa from David 1933”. “A classic of African elephant hunting… Blunt was an elephant …Read more

  20. Hunting.

    Hunting. 1885

    £350

    First edition, one of 250 numbered large paper copies. Read more

  21. Glimpses of the Wild:

    Glimpses of the Wild: 1936

    £350

    First edition, first impression; publisher’s file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Lieut.-Col. Wood served with the Ghurkas in Manipur; his Shikar Memories, published in 1934, recounts a 36-year career in big-game hunting, whereas the present volume is a descriptive account with chapters on …Read more

  22. The Natural History of Selborne …

    The Natural History of Selborne … 1825

    £450

    First published in 1789, continuously in print thereafter, and much loved generation after generation; “White’s Natural History of Selborne is open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Writer and reader each share the inheritance of the natural world, and delight …Read more

  23. Tack Room Tattles.

    Tack Room Tattles. 1934

    £175

    First edition, first printing. Collection of short stories and poems relating to fox-hunting, racing and hound breeding. Read more

  24. La fauconnerie au moyen age.

    La fauconnerie au moyen age. 1879

    £1,250

    First edition. “A work which no student of the history of Falconry should neglect. Amongst the ‘Pièces Justificatives’ at the end of the volume will be found a chronological list of the Grand Falconers of France; extracts showing the expenses attending the maintenance of hawking …Read more

  25. The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    The Godstone and the Blackymor. 1959

    £125

    First edition, first impression, of White’s record of his life on the West Coast of Ireland, where, he “stumbled across what Protestants had said was an idol still being worshipped by the Catholics, and a coal black negro selling patent medicines, and a real fairy …Read more

  26. Oriental Field Sports;

    Oriental Field Sports; 1819

    £3,750

    Second edition, first published 1807-8. “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 …Read more

  27. British Sports and Sportsmen. Sportsmen of the Past.

    British Sports and Sportsmen. Sportsmen of the Past. [1908]

    £275

    Limited edition, number 670 of 1,000 copies. Very handsome copy of this “picture gallery which, of its kind, is unique in its completeness. The retrospect does not extend quite to the days of Nimrod and the mighty hunters of whom we know only by legendary …Read more

  28. Sportsman in Ireland,

    Sportsman in Ireland, 1840

    £675

    First edition of this uncommon set on the sporting life in Ireland and Scotland. Handsomely bound with elaborate tooling. Read more

  29. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,

    The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation, 1653

    £75,000

    First edition of the most famous work in angling literature. “A first Walton confers distinction upon its owner” (Westwood & Satchell). There are various typesetting errors in the first edition, although corrected and uncorrected sheets seem to have been issued indiscriminately, with little significance to …Read more

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

    The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry. 1892

    £200

    First edition. An attractive copy in the original cloth. Read more

  31. A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle.

    A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle. 1903

    £1,250

    First Ashendene Press edition, one of 125 copies on paper from a limited edition of 150 copies. Read more

  32. The Amateur Trapper, and Trap-maker’s Guide.

    The Amateur Trapper, and Trap-maker’s Guide. 1875

    £100

    First edition, moderately uncommon, a scatter of copies in the US, just the BL in Europe. A complete guide to the construction and use of deadfall, pit, snare and net traps, their baiting for different animals, and “concise but comprehensive instructions for preserving and stuffing …Read more

  33. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.

    A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula. 1876

    £1,375

    First edition. Extremely uncommon. “An interesting work combining travel, observation and big game hunting. Near the Sittang River in Burma, the author hunted numerous tigers, including an episode of tiger shooting related by his companion Captain Lacy. Near the River Thungyen, an elephant was bagged, …Read more

  34. Wet-Fly Fishing in Kashmir, A Book for the Novice.

    Wet-Fly Fishing in Kashmir, A Book for the Novice. nd c 1930

    £125

    First edition. An uncommon guide book for the enthusiastic beginner. Read more

  35. The Baz-nama-yi Nasiri, a Persian Treatise on Falconry.

    The Baz-nama-yi Nasiri, a Persian Treatise on Falconry. 1908

    £2,500

    First edition, one of 500 copies. “A very important work by a falconer who flourished in the middle of the nineteenth century … gives a detailed account of falcons as well as hunting-birds in general, and the author quotes from a number of early authorities …Read more

  36. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf. 1936

    £225

    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Read more

  37. The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation.

    The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation. 1760

    £1,500

    First Hawkins edition. Originally published in 1658. Read more

  38. The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.

    The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts. 1705

    £750

    First edition in English, originally published as Les arts de l’homme d’épée, ou, Le Dictionnaire du Gentilhomme, Paris, 1678. A splendid pocket guide which seeks to teach the arts of riding; military organization and fortification; and the management and navigation of a ship, in dictionary …Read more

  39. The Unknown Horn of Africa:

    The Unknown Horn of Africa: 1888

    £3,000

    First edition. “While primarily a work of exploration and adventure in Somaliland, the author does partake in a few hunts for kudu, lion, and assorted antelope near the River Webbe. Once while stalking rhinoceros, he came within a few feet of one but was unable …Read more

  40. Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;

    Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse; 1804

    £975

    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 …Read more

  41. Field Sports in the United States,

    Field Sports in the United States, 1848

    £425

    First Edition. Herbert was born in London in 1807, educated Eton and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1831 his debts forced him to emigrate to the United States where he taught Latin at a private school in New York. In 1883 he founded the American Monthly …Read more

  42. Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall. [late 1800s]

    £1,200

    A very handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Read more

  43. Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall. [late 1800s]

    £975

    A handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Read more

  44. The Complete Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation.

    The Complete Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation. 1889

    £600

    A very handsomely bound volume with fishing related gilt tools to the binding and ten delicately hand-coloured plates of flies. Read more

  1. British Fresh-Water Fishes.
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    HOUGHTON, William. HOUGHTON, William.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    £1,500

  2. African Game Trails.
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    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails.

    £475

  3. An Artist’s Game Bag.
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    HUNT, Lynn Bogue. HUNT, Lynn Bogue.

    An Artist’s Game Bag.

    £5,950

  4. My African Journey.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    My African Journey.

    £1,250

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

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

    £850

  6. Forest Life and Sport in India.
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    WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-. WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-.

    Forest Life and Sport in India.

    £175

  7. Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;
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    ASTLEY, Philip. ASTLEY, Philip.

    Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;

    £975

  8. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
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    WHITE, T. H. WHITE, T. H.

    The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    £375

  9. The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry.
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    (BADMINTON LIBRARY.) COX, Harding, & Gerald... (BADMINTON LIBRARY.) COX,...

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

    £175

  10. Land of Feast and Famine.
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    INGSTAD, Helge. INGSTAD, Helge.

    Land of Feast and Famine.

    £375

  11. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
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    HARRIS, William Cornwallis. HARRIS, William Cornwallis.

    Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,

    £2,500

  12. Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier & Sportsman during Twenty Years’ Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & Other Countries 1865-1885.
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    GERARD, Sir Montagu Gilbert. GERARD, Sir Montagu...

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

    £225

  13. Oriental Field Sports;
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    WILLIAMSON, Thomas. WILLIAMSON, Thomas.

    Oriental Field Sports;

    £475

  14. 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.
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    (FIELD SPORTS) (FIELD SPORTS)

    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.

    £95

  15. The Story of an Outing.
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    HEPBURN, A. Barton. HEPBURN, A. Barton.

    The Story of an Outing.

    £325

  16. UAE Endurance.
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    (HORSEMANSHIP.) (HORSEMANSHIP.)

    UAE Endurance.

    £500

  17. The Natural History of Selborne …
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    WHITE Gilbert. WHITE Gilbert.

    The Natural History of Selborne …

    £450

  18. La fauconnerie au moyen age.
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    MAGAUD D'AUBUSSON, Louis. MAGAUD D'AUBUSSON, Louis.

    La fauconnerie au moyen age.

    £1,250

  19. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
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    WHITE, T. H. WHITE, T. H.

    The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    £125

  20. Oriental Field Sports;
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    WILLIAMSON, Thomas. WILLIAMSON, Thomas.

    Oriental Field Sports;

    £3,750

  21. British Sports and Sportsmen. Sportsmen of the Past.
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    BRITISH SPORTS AND SPORTSMEN. BRITISH SPORTS AND...

    British Sports and Sportsmen. Sportsmen of the Past.

    £275

  22. Sportsman in Ireland,
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    [ALLAN, Robert.] [ALLAN, Robert.]

    Sportsman in Ireland,

    £675

  23. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,
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    [WALTON, Izaak.] [WALTON, Izaak.]

    The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,

    £75,000

  24. The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes: Coursing and Falconry.
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    (BADMINTON LIBRARY) COX, Harding, & Gerald... (BADMINTON LIBRARY) COX,...

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

    £200

  25. A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle.
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    (ASHENDENE PRESS.) BERNERS, Juliana. (ASHENDENE PRESS.) BERNERS,...

    A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle.

    £1,250

  26. The Amateur Trapper, and Trap-maker’s Guide.
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    HARDING, Stanley. HARDING, Stanley.

    The Amateur Trapper, and Trap-maker’s Guide.

    £100

  27. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.
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    BRADLEY, John. BRADLEY, John.

    A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.

    £1,375

  28. Wet-Fly Fishing in Kashmir, A Book for the Novice.
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    PARDESI. PARDESI.

    Wet-Fly Fishing in Kashmir, A Book for the Novice.

    £125

  29. The Baz-nama-yi Nasiri, a Persian Treatise on Falconry.
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    (TIMUR MIRZA QAJAR.) PHILLOTT, Douglas Craven. (TIMUR MIRZA QAJAR.)...

    The Baz-nama-yi Nasiri, a Persian Treatise on Falconry.

    £2,500

  30. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.
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    (SPORT; CRICKET; BOXING.) (WHISTLER, Rex.) AGATE,... (SPORT; CRICKET; BOXING.)...

    Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    £225

  31. The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation.
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    WALTON, Izaak, & Charles Cotton. WALTON, Izaak, &...

    The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation.

    £1,500

  32. The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.
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    GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGES, George. GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGES,...

    The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.

    £750

  33. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
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    JAMES, F. L. JAMES, F. L.

    The Unknown Horn of Africa:

    £3,000

  34. Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;
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    [ASTLEY, Philip] [ASTLEY, Philip]

    Astley’s Projects, in his Management of the Horse;

    £975

  35. Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.
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    [SURTEES, R. S.] [SURTEES, R. S.]

    Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    £1,200

  36. Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.
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    [SURTEES, R. S.] [SURTEES, R. S.]

    Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mamma; Plain or Ringlets?; Mr. Romford’s Hounds; Hawbuck Grange; Hillingdon Hall.

    £975

  37. The Complete Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation.
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    WALTON, Izaak, & Charles Cotton. WALTON, Izaak, &...

    The Complete Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation.

    £600

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