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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. 132698
    First Edition. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132698

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  2. 126123comp
    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No.4" verso of the first blank. "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 126123

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  3. 128768detail
    First editions of the first periodical devoted to general sportsmanship, The Sporting Magazine, issued from 1793 until 1870. This complete collection provides an invaluable resource, reflecting the changes in society and attitudes across the turn of the century, and placing them in relation to the pastimes and sports of... Learn More
    £50,000

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  4. 119268
    First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 119268

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  5. Oriental Field Sports;
    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 meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103401

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  6. 87219
    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 meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87219

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  7. 119302
    First edition, increasingly scarce in commerce. Stockley was an officer in the Indian Army (16th Bengal Lancers) from 1874 to 1912, serving at Tel el Kebir and in the occupation of Cairo during the Anglo-Egyptian War, and later seeing action during the Boxer Rebellion; in the Great War he commanded the Tyneside Irish, then... Learn More
    £1,500

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  8. 121134
    First edition. Inglis (1845-1908) was the son of a Scottish clergyman. "In 1866 he went to India at the instigation of his brother Alexander, a Calcutta tea merchant, and became an indigo planter in Bihar and the North-West Provinces. He revelled in tiger shooting and pigsticking, and published sporting verses, Tirhoot Rhymes... Learn More
    £350

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  9. 86979
    Limited edition; number 322 of 1,000 copies. A very handsome copy: "When outlining the plan of this volume on Breeding and Agriculture, the Publisher's recognised that the subjects in question, in themselves, were the basis of out very existence, and that an exposition commensurate with the importance of the theme would... Learn More
    £200

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  10. 118735comp
    First and limited edition, number 62 of 375 copies signed by the author, with a collection of fishing ties at the rear, as issued. A superbly produced volume from the authoritative Lonsdale Library series. Taverner's works are seen in the fishing community as authoritative guides and a number of revised editions have been... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118735

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  11. 67922
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th..."> First edition, one of 500 copies. "A very important work by a falconer who flourished in the middle of the 19th century gives a detailed account of falcons as well as hunting-birds in general, and the author quotes from a number of early authorities on falconry" (Hohenstaufen).
    The translator, Phillott, joined the 40th... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 67922

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  12. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.
    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... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 114063

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  13. 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,... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 102006

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  14. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
    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 he joined up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 98148

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  15. Glimpses of the Wild:
    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. The present volume describes the region's birds, animals, reptiles and insects.... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 96621

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  16. 89673
    Limited edition volume limited to 50 numbered sets specially coloured by Walter Mason. This is copy number 25. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 89673

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  17. 89671
    Limited edition volume limited to 50 numbered sets specially coloured by Walter Mason. This is copy number 25. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 89671

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  18. 86975
    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 record, but it does go back about as far as oral tradition can carry.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 86975

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  19. 85345
    First edition of this uncommon set on the sporting life in Ireland and Scotland. Handsomely bound with elaborate tooling. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 85345

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  20. i1
    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 the priority of... Learn More
    £75,000

    Stock Code: 80090

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  21. 60741
    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 to see it due to the heavy growth of mimosa before it made its... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 60741

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  22. 20076
    A very handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 20076

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    A handsomely bound set of the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 20075

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